AFC East Notes: Marshall, Jets, Pats

Linebacker James Morris is probably disappointed after being cut loose by the Patriots due to a failed physical, but he can’t complain about the paycheck. The Iowa product scored a $10K signing bonus and $10K in other guarantees, netting him $20K. Here’s more out of the AFC East..

  • Brandon Marshall says that the trade sending him from the Dolphins to the Bears two years ago was a “career-saving” move, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Sun-Times. “The transformation started in my life before I was traded here,” Marshall said. “But I think it was career-saving. I don’t think I’d be sitting in this position talking about an extension. I probably wouldn’t even be having the success that I was having on the field in that environment (in Miami). It wasn’t right for me.
  • Jets free agent acquisition Michael Vick hinted again today that he’ll serve as Geno Smith‘s backup, writes Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “Going through the competition with Nick, we knew both of us coming in that it was open competition and the best guy was going to win the job,” Vick said. “Pretty much cut and dry. This situation is different. It’s kind of unique. Even though it’s not an open competition, we’re both competing every day.”
  • The Patriots tried out unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas, according to Howard Balzer of USA Today (on Twitter). At last check, the former Giants reserve traveled to Oakland along with Justin Tuck in March.
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