AFC East Notes: Patriots, Manuel, Watson

As Robert Kraft and the Patriots look to fight the allegations against them, they have one significant problem, Albert Breer of tweets. The Pats are looking to poke holes in the veracity of the Ted Wells repot, but the Pats signed off on Wells and the investigation in January. It’s not as though Wells came into the mix as a total unknown, so the Patriots might have a hard time disputing the findings. This week, Kraft spoke with Peter King of The MMQB and sounded off on the DeflateGate controversy. There’s no question that the Pats owner is angry, but he’s facing an uphill battle when it comes to swaying public opinion. Here’s more from the AFC East..

  • Right now, the Patriots‘ stable of cornerbacks is comprised of Malcolm Butler, Bradley Fletcher, Robert McClain, Logan Ryan, Justin Green, and Darryl Roberts. Ben Volin of The Boston Globe (on Twitter) opines that the Pats desperately need to add a veteran to the bunch. Earlier today, New England released cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, thinning out their group of cornerbacks even more.
  • The Bills are at fault for drafting EJ Manuel in the first-round two years ago when he was really a third-round talent, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tweets. Earlier today, we learned that Joe Buscaglia of WKBW has heard rumblings that Manuel might not make the Bills’ 53-man roster this year.
  • Linebacker Dekoda Watson‘s deal with the Patriots calls for him to earn a $745K base salary on a one-year deal, Mike Reiss of tweets. He’ll carry a cap charge of $585K and will not collect a signing bonus. Watson has spent time with the Bucs, Jaguars, and Cowboys over the course of his career and played in 70 games.
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