East Notes: Cowboys, Bills, Orton, Melton

Last week, as a part of our ongoing Offseason In Review series, Pro Football Rumors looked at the Jets and the moves they made to improve heading into 2014. The Jets made major changes this offseason and said goodbye to mainstays like Mark Sanchez, Antonio Cromartie, and Santonio Holmes. Plenty of star power has been infused back into the roster thanks to the additions of Eric Decker, Michael Vick, and Chris Johnson, but there’s really no telling how things will play out for coach Rex Ryan and Gang Green this year. Here’s this afternoon’s look at the AFC and NFC East..

  • Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com believes that the Cowboys will carry three quarterbacks for the first time since 2011 and believes that Kyle Orton will ultimately report to training camp. Brandon Weeden is a virtual lock for the third spot and if Orton ultimately doesn’t come back to the Cowboys, Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan will vie for the final slot.
  • Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap looks at the best and worst contracts on the Cowboys roster. The Cowboys’ best deal, in Fitzgerald’s view, is the one they have with defensive tackle Henry Melton. Melton is signed to a reasonable one-year deal with a team option after 2014 that would keep him for another three years. Meanwhile, cornerback Brandon Carr and his contract with $25.5MM guaranteed doesn’t look so great for Jerry Jones & Co. right now.
  • Mike Rodak of ESPN.com looks at the Bills‘ defensive ends and their contracts. It’s no surprise that Rodak sees Mario Williams, the league’s highest paid DE, as the most overpaid bookend on the roster. Williams has turned in dominant performances like his 4.5 sack game against the Panthers last season, but he’s yet to really deliver the kind of play overall that would justify his cap hit. When it comes to the most underpaid DE in Buffalo, Rodak doesn’t have a pick, even though he considered giving that title to Jerry Hughes, who had 10 sacks in 2013.
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