AFC East Notes: Dolphins, Tannehill, Pats

It remains to be seen how Jimmy Garoppolo will do when the Patriots are counting on him, but he looks pretty good throwing spirals on the beach. This week, Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman released video (YouTube link) of him training with the rising NFL sophomore in Los Angeles. While we wait to find out how many games Garoppolo will be starting under center, here’s a look at more from the AFC East..

  • The Dolphins‘ new-look front office has new approach to contract negotiations, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes. Based on conversations he has had with agents, Salguero has found that Miami is doing business a different way. They’re no longer getting caught up in the weeds as much and there has been less antagonism in negotiations compared to the last regime. That includes the Ndamukong Suh and Ryan Tannehill deals, though the Charles Clay dealings are an exception to that.
  • Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap took a closer look at Ryan Tannehill’s brand new contract with the Dolphins. Because of the inclusion of the fifth-year option from his rookie deal, Fitzgerald evaluates the pact as a five year deal rather than a six year one. Tannehill will earn significantly more than Dalton over the course of the deal but Miami is also well protected in the event that he needs to be released. What doesn’t work in the Dolphins favor, however, is the cap charges associated with the contract.
  • Those bashing Patriots owner Robert Kraft should be ashamed of themselves, Gary Tanguay of opines. Kraft could have long ago sold the Pats for much more than the $175MM he paid for them and if he had, there’s no telling where the franchise would have ended up.
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