AFC East Notes: Mallett, Pats, Jets, Demps

Here’s a quick look at the AFC East:

  • Mike Florio of PFT wonders if the Patriots should bring back Ryan Mallett. Mallett, who was cut by the Texans after missing a team flight, was a third-round pick of the Pats in 2011. Florio argues that Mallett didn’t have tardiness issues in New England because he knew his place and knew that he could not possibly be named as the starter. Regardless of where he signs, Mallett will get to keep the balance of his $2.5MM salary from Houston as termination pay.
  • The Jets worked out former Buccaneers running back and former Olympian Jeff Demps, as Rich Cimini of tweets. The Jets tried to ink Demps way back in August 2012 under their old regime but they couldn’t sign him. Former Giants safety Cooper Taylor also got a look from the Jets, as Paul Schwartz of the New York Post tweets.
  • Linebacker Quinton Coples thought this was going to be his breakout year for the Jets, but so far that hasn’t happened for the 2012 first-round pick, as Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday writes. The Jets picked up Coples’ option for 2016, but because it’s guaranteed only for injury, so the Jets can cut him without financial penalty in March.
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