East Notes: Hardy, Dolphins, Jets

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel looked at the fine print of Ryan Tannehill‘s contract with the Dolphins and found that the total value is actually $95.3MM, not $96MM, as previously reported. The deal also protects the Dolphins in case they want to get out from under it. As Kelly notes, executive VP Dawn Aponte is keen on such protections, and that’s how they shed deals with Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Randy Starks, Shelley Smith and Cortland Finnegan this offseason.

Here’s a look at the AFC and NFC East..

  • In a recent chat, a reader asked Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News if he thinks the Cowboys will be able to afford Greg Hardy if he gets his suspension reduced and has a phenomenal (partial) season. If Hardy goes back to being a force who averages a sack per game, then he might price himself out of range for the Cowboys. Also, the presence of Randy Gregory might lessen their need for Hardy.
  • There are several battles to watch on the Dolphins‘ roster, from jostling at the top of the depth chart to struggles over roster spots, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes. At offensive guard, free agent pickups J.D. Walton, Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon are likely viewed as depth, with McClendon in particular far from a cinch to make the roster. Running back is also a position to watch as LaMichael James and Mike Gillislee are gunning for the fourth RB spot, though it’s not guaranteed that Miami will carry three backs.
  • The Jets‘ hiring of former Packers scout Lee Gissendaner is another great move by the team, Gil Brandt of NFL.com tweets. Gissendaner will serve as a national college scout for Gang Green.
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