AFC East Rumors: Fitzpatrick, Dolphins, Bills

As negotiations between the two sides continue, the Jets have made it clear to Ryan Fitzpatrick and his representatives that they want Fitzpatrick to be their starting quarterback in 2016, says Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link). However, according to Cole, the Jets’ offers to Fitzpatrick so far don’t necessarily reflect the going rate for starting quarterbacks.

Cole adds that while the Jets players like Fitzpatrick, there are some that wouldn’t mind seeing the team bring in another viable option at the position to challenge the incumbent veteran.

As we wait to see whether the Jets can lock up Fitzpatrick to a new deal before free agency gets underway next week, let’s check in on several other items from out of the AFC East….

  • The Dolphins have reportedly identified five or six defensive ends in free agency and the draft that they’ll go after if Olivier Vernon signs elsewhere, writes Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Salguero explores some of the possibilities, suggesting that even if the team brings back Vernon and Derrick Shelby, another addition at the position may be necessary.
  • With the outcome of the Philadelphia D.A.’s investigation into LeSean McCoy still unresolved,the Bills have some uncertainty at the running back position as the new league year approaches. However, as Mike Rodak of outlines, McCoy isn’t the only player whose future with the team remains somewhat up in the air to some extent.
  • The Bills would like to bring back as many of their restricted free agents as possible, according to general manager Doug Whaley, who says the club is “working on it” (Twitter link via Rodak). That may be easier said than done, since low-end RFA tenders will cost $1.6MM+ each, and Buffalo doesn’t have a ton of cap room to work with.
  • After their tight ends combined for just eight receptions in 2015, the Jets could be in the market for a free agent TE this offseason. Rich Cimini of explores that possibility.
  • With the NFL and the NFLPA set to return to court to revisit the Deflategate saga and the vacated suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady,’s Michael McCann provides a primer on what to expect.
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  1. Lou Reale

    That’s Reporter BS, what players said they want to see competition?

    • Competition ensures that a player doesn’t get complacent. Players always want to see competition at positions they don’t play at (and some players don’t mind competition at their own spot) because its designed to bring out the best in guys. A guy like J.J. Watt, for example, isn’t going to be replaced by some undrafted free agent or a washed-up veteran. But that player has nothing to lose and is going to put it all out there, meaning that the incumbent has to step his game up so he doesn’t like as bad.

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