AFC Notes: Dolphins, Brady, Taylor, Colts

The NFL postponed the DolphinsBuccaneers‘ Week 1 game until Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma (Twitter link). Both teams had byes that week, making this rare postponement easier. Both south Florida teams will now play 16 straight games.

Here’s the latest from several other AFC cities on Wednesday morning.

  • After a joint review by the NFL and NFLPA, the Patriots were determined to have followed protocol regarding a potential Tom Brady concussion last season, the sides said in a statement (via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, on Twitter). Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, said earlier this offseason her husband suffered a concussion last season that wasn’t reported by the Patriots. Brady issued a vague response when asked about this in July, but the quarterback turned over his medical records during this investigation — one that examined film from all 19 Patriots games, along with reports from unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and concussion spotters assigned to those respective games. While the NFL isn’t claiming Bundchen is lying about the concussions, Volin tweets this examination merely determined the Patriots followed protocol. This matter appears to be closed, from the league’s perspective.
  • Tyrod Taylor‘s agent contacted the Browns, Jets and 49ers prior to the Bills agreeing to a revamped deal with their incumbent starter, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports. After those discussions, Carucci reports Taylor’s camp decided it was best to agree to the reworked Bills pact. The three teams possessed some degree of interest in Taylor had he hit free agency, but it evidently wasn’t enough to dissuade Taylor from staying with the Bills on a contract that now pays him $10MM less over the next two years than it would have under the previous terms. “Maybe a couple less touchdowns, but as far as yardage, I did what I did to get that deal in the first place,” Taylor said, via Carucci, about the adjusted contract. “So whether they thought that I didn’t deserve it, I don’t know. That’s up to them.” Taylor threw for just 12 fewer yards last season (3,023) and rushed for 12 more (580) than he did in 2015. Although, the quarterback played in one more game last season than he did during his first year as Buffalo’s starter.
  • The Texans‘ deal with cornerback Marcus Burley is for two years, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. A former sixth-round pick, Burley’s played in 38 games during his three-year career. After two seasons with the Seahawks, Burley played with the Browns in 2016. Cleveland cut him last week.
  • The Colts worked out offensive lineman Emmett Cleary, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The Cowboys cut Cleary on Saturday after he played in 13 games for them last season.
  • Newly acquired Steelers defensive backs Joe Haden and J.J. Wilcox account for a combined $5.541MM in 2017 cap hits, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com notes. Pittsburgh now holds $11.07MM in cap space.
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11 comments on “AFC Notes: Dolphins, Brady, Taylor, Colts

  1. Patrick N.

    Going to be pretty tough on the players and coaches having to play 16 straight. That is a recipe for significant injuries and a team losing its steam down the end of the road.

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    • yoyo137

      Seriously they should just play in a neutral location or something instead of punishing two teams for a hurricane.

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  2. Dave4585

    As if the Dolphins didn’t already have it bad with their starting QB out. Shame bc they are a fringe playoff team but that prob won’t happen.

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  3. Hannibal8us

    How stupid of the Phins, instead of losing one week of revenue from a home game by playing at a neutral field they’ll instead make their players play 16 straight games. Guess we know money is more important than competing this year. Oh by the way only 3 teams have ever had week 1 bye weeks and none of them make the playoffs, good luck.

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    • qbass187

      Let’s be honest; when you’re the Dolphins and retired Jay Cutler is your, QB what else do you have but game day revenue?

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    • Wranglertn

      Remember they are already down 1 home game this year with 1 of filter “home games being in London. If they pushed it to a neutral site. They only get the revenue for 6 home games.

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      • Hannibal8us

        I do believe they’re compensated for the London game (otherwise why would they do it). I would argue both these decisions are clearly money grabs at the expense of trying to be a competitive team.

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    • Wranglertn

      Remember they are already down 1 home game this year with 1 of their “home” games being in London. If they pushed it to a neutral site. They only get the revenue for 6 home games.

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  4. madmanTX

    Maybe all those unreported concussions are why Brady supports Trump?

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