AFC Notes: Campbell, Patriots and Jets Cap

Many in and around the league were shocked that the Ravens were able to acquire defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jaguars for just a fifth-round pick. Baltimore had limited cap space entering the offseason, but decided the value was too good to let the opportunity to add Campbell go. However, it appears Campbell had his eyes set on the Ravens as well. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Campbell agreed to take less money from Baltimore than he would have received elsewhere because he believed the organization is well equipped to win moving forward.

Here are some more notes from around the AFC:

  • Mike Reiss of ESPN details the Patriots salary cap situation in his weekly quick hits piece. Reiss notes that with at least 20 roster spots left to fill, more than $25MM in dead money on the books for next season, and nearly zero remaining cap space remaining, the team will likely need to make some cap-saving move (whether through an extension, pay-cut, or release). Most notably, New England’s strapped cap situation makes it hard to envision them finding a way to add a free agent quarterback like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston.
  • Like New England, the Jets have very little cap flexibility remaining for this offseason. However, unlike their division-rival, New York is gearing up to be a major player in next year’s free agency, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The majority of the Jets spending this offseason has been on one-year deals once they missed out on their top targets and now the team is set to have more than $80MM in cap space (per Over the Cap estimates).
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      • TrollHunter

        Exactly! I dare u to name even one HOF all time great that was lost this offseason!!!

        • natsfan3437

          He was a good qb, nothing special last season. He wanted to leave so he left. The rest of the offseason losses weren’t anything that great. When Patriots defensive players leave they are never as good as when they are there so the losses of Van Noy and Collins aren’t massive.

          Beady is a hall of famer but again that is pervious accomplishments.

            • natsfan3437

              Until BB creates the next KVN and Collins.

              Collins was cut at the beginning off the year, and KVN was given to the pats.

              • Ramon Garciaparra

                Van Noy signed for $51 million and Collins got $30 million. The Patriots have $1 million. You simply can’t sign everyone. They have guys coming back from injuries. The have lots of picks in the draft. They will get more compensatory picks next year. Be patient.

            • mbraun9

              Collins wasn’t a huge loss…he was great the first half year, then was freelancing again. Done with his crap.

  1. kylewait89

    I mean the worry which seems to be from the outside and not inside is the QB position. But they have 67 players currently signed which means some need to come off the books anyways. With the cap plus dead money and pick allocation, they are 8M over. Thuney likely won’t play for 14M this season. Unless Eluemenor wins a job I don’t see him being kept. Sanu could be dumped as he’d free 6.5 with no dead cap. The Pats really aren’t in a bad position except at the QB spot and if they do decide to give up the season, they’d be in line for Lawrence or Fields.

  2. Simmons>Russ

    With most the big FA signings done I think the main teams that a SB threat are now the Ravens, 49ers, Chiefs and Saints.
    Outside those 4 I think you have the Eagles, Buccanees, Bills, Packers and Seahawks all as favourites to make the playoffs.
    I really like the Colts, Jets and Chargers offseason moves too but they are probably not at that level yet.

    • kylewait89

      Nothing on the Texans? They lost Reader who had a career year and literally has more production than he had in his career combined pushing guys backwards. and Hopkins who is a pretty big loss but Watson can manufacture that back along with whoever they add in the draft. I think people really are sleeping on the Texans over that bad move.

      • Simmons>Russ

        Texans definitely went backwards if you ask me. Joseph, Reader and Hopkins are all huge losses particularly Hopkins.
        Hopkins was huge, he had the third most receptions in the league where is Watson going to throw those 104 balls? Plus Hopkins literally never dropped the ball which a big reason the Texans won games.

        Particularly in a division where the Colts only finished 3 games behind. They went out and got Buckner, Rivers and Rhodes. Colts will improved 2 games minimum, Texans fall back 2 games meaning the Colts take their playoff spot.

        • kylewait89

          Joseph wasn’t playing at the end of last year though so he isn’t a loss. Towards the end of the season he was playing 50% or less culminating in 0 snaps in their playoff loss.

          Hopkins is one of the best 5 receivers but Watson is probably one of the ten best QBs and is easily capable of funneling those targets to others. Hopkins had a 69% catch rate. Cobb who was added had a 66% catch rate. David Johnson is a much more capable 3 down back than Hyde was as he can catch the ball well. You have to assume they add another guy in the draft. Fuller caught 69% of his passes and Stills 72%. The one good thing Houston has done is put their guys in the best possible situation to catch the ball.

          The Colts finished 3 games behind and had a capable QB who didn’t lose them games in Brissett. Rivers is the epitome of throwing your team out of a game. I don’t think he’s the answer to their problems. Buckner is great but he’s not going to have the help he did in SF and likely gets schemed out by teams just going the other way on them. The Colts really don’t have much on defense to scare people other than Justin Houston. Rhodes might bounce back but his play has declined in 2 straight seasons. Really the only addition that I’d say clearly makes them better was Buckner.

          • Simmons>Russ

            I like the Colts defence. Buckner is a huge addition, Sheldon Day who played with Buckner was a nice pick up. Justin Houston as you said is tough, young guys Kemoko Turay and Tyquon Lewis look nice. Darius Leonard is an absolute beast, Malik Hooper is tidy, and hopefully Rhodes and Ya-Sin do well together.
            Offensively they have a top o line, Mack is a nice RB, Hilton is a nice WR, Doyle is a good TE and I think at QB they will be alright. Rivers will have Brissett pushing him all season and I think if Jacoby will be constantly learning and if Rivers slips he’ll come in.
            I hope they draft a WR with their early selection in round 2 and hopefully it’s Justin Jefferson. I think he’s going to be great in the NFL.
            The best thing with the Colts is Mack Hilton Doyle Nelson Buckner Leonard Hooper Sin these guys are young and if they hang together they will continue to get better and better

  3. murraysons

    Allow me to delve into the old school Boston sports radio files for this summary of the 2020 Pats’ season: PLAY THE KIDS!!!

  4. wicked pissah

    How long did you all think Brady was going to play for? It was going to happen sooner or later. I prefer to rip the band-aid off fast and I’m a die hard Pats fan.

  5. Dtownwarrior78

    If I was a Pats fan I’d be stoked! You basically go ahead and lose as much as you can this upcoming season. Maybe even enough to be able to get that QB with the mullet and a college championship ring! Then you have nearly $100M in cap space next year? You give BB that much loot and a possible top-3 pick in the 2021 draft, and only a single down year after the TB12 run? That will be fun to watch for sure!

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