AFC East Notes: Kraft, Jets, Dolphins

The Robert Kraft case took another turn a few days ago, when a judge ruled that video of the Patriots’ owner inside the spa cannot be used in court because it was obtained illegally, Adam Schefter of tweets. This doesn’t mean Kraft is out of the woods yet, even though it does improve his legal standing. As Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweets, Kraft can still be disciplined by the league under the personal conduct policy, even if he isn’t convicted of a crime. That being said, Volin wonders whether the league and fellow owners really want to punish Kraft.

To that end, Mike Florio of took a look at where things will go from here, and previewed what is ahead. While noting it’s a “delicate issue,” Florio seems to think the Patriots boss has a decent chance of getting off with no punishment from Roger Goodell. Even if the league finds there is sufficient evidence that Kraft participated in solicitation, Florio writes that it “would be difficult to match the behavior to one of the 13 specific examples of prohibited conduct contained in the Personal Conduct Policy.” There will be backlash no matter what side of the fence Goodell comes down on, and it’ll be very interesting to see how he proceeds. We should have another update soon.

Here’s more from the AFC East:

  • The Jets have fired Mike Maccagnan and the search for his replacement is underway, with new head coach Adam Gase serving as the interim GM. Gase is widely believed to have won a power struggle, and it seems like he’s more or less in charge in New York. Acting owner and CEO Christopher Johnson will have final say, but the new GM will almost certainly be handpicked by Gase. We’ve already heard a few names the Jets are interested in, and now we have another. 49ers VP of Player Personnel Adam Peters is a name to keep an eye on in the Jets‘ GM search, Manish Mehta of the Daily News tweets. Peters was an exec with the Broncos at the same time Gase was there as the OC, so there’s some familiarity there.
  • The Patriots added to their crowded receiving room last week by signing Dontrelle Inman, and now we have the details on his pact. It’s a one-year deal with a “$200K signing bonus, $100k of his base salary guaranteed, $300k in roster bonuses, and a $100k reporting bonus, in addition to incentives up to $1m,” according to Mike Reiss of (Twitter link). That’s a significant amount of guarantees, and Reiss writes that it “reflects how he had other suitors” and that “this isn’t a minimum-level deal.” It sounds like the Pats could be counting on Inman to play a significant role in 2019.
  • Safety Reshad Jones continued to stay away from the Dolphins during the voluntary portion of their offseason program, but the team expects to have him for mandatory minicamp next month, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. Jones had a falling out with the team last season, and it’s been rumored Miami plans on shopping him. Jones is due more than $13MM in guaranteed salary, so he isn’t going to be released. Jones, a Pro Bowler as recently as 2017, is also coming off shoulder surgery.
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          • dandan

            *hires next available person that will work for that wage. Literally anyone else will do.

      • highplainsdriftr

        Glad you’re standing up for him. He would sue you if he ran you over and you caused damage to his Bentley. But don’t expect the guy to pay his misdemeanor fine for his rub and tug the way anybody else would.

      • highplainsdriftr

        I’m a teacher. You pay my salary too and I’m loading your child’s head with all sorts of socialist propaganda. And by the time I’m done with them, they’ll know what a moron their parent is

      • crosseyedlemon

        Thanks for getting me excited about feeding the pigeons and squirrels in the park.

  1. Why wouldn’t the other owners and the league want to punish Kraft? His franchise has been caught cheating at least 3 times and he broke the law here… what the NFL needs is the video to be leaked and then they will be forced to punish him in some manner.

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    The ruling made no sense. They said it was inadmissible because (basically) those same cameras also recorded innocent people doing legal things, as well.

    AKA what happens with every single security camera…it films others things, too.

  3. jorge78

    So paying for a hand job is not covered in the Personal Conduct Policy? I thought getting in trouble with the law would be enough.

    • Itrainsontuesday

      “Patriots boss has a decent chance of GETTING OFF with no punishment from Roger Goodell”. Nice word play there.

  4. Yep it is

    Yes don’t be African American and jay walk Goddell will suspend you. Be old white guy and get a BJ “ hey we are good there Bob”.

  5. sports is life

    From an outsider in all of the bickering going on here

    Can’t argument be just made on the merit of your case?

    Why are so many posts predicated on race?

  6. Danthemilwfan

    What has this world come to when a billionaire can’t cheat on his much much younger drop dead gorgeous girlfriend at a discount rub and tug place in peace?! Lol

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