AFC East Notes: Patriots, Jets, Jones

The Patriots may have the top bargain at the quarterback position this season, with Cam Newton making league-minimum money (plus incentives) on his one-year deal. This reality would not be unfolding had Tom Brady come to terms with the Patriots on an extension ahead of the 2019 season. Prior to the Pats and Brady agreeing on an in-name-only extension that allowed him to become a free agent in 2020, the team made its legendary passer a two-year, $53MM extension offer, Jeff Howe of The Athletic notes (subscription required). The number here is notable, considering it would have represented a raise for Brady on a through-2021 commitment. While Brady was seeking an extension similar to the one Drew Brees had signed with the Saints in 2018, he almost certainly landed a better deal — two years, $50MM fully guaranteed — with the Buccaneers this March.

Although the Pats were prepared to consider Brady counteroffers in February and March of this year, Howe adds Brady’s camp did not make one. A previous report indicated, however, the Patriots did not make a strong effort to re-sign Brady this year — a strategy that rubbed the free agent passer the wrong way.

Here is the latest from the AFC East:

  • Following his 397-yard passing performance against the Seahawks, Newton has firmly re-established himself as an extension candidate. Given his injury history, however, the Patriots would probably like to see if their new QB1 can hold up for a full season or at least for most of it before beginning contract talks. Newton said during a recent radio interview an extension is “literally the last of my worries,” per’s Ryan Hannable. The 31-year-old quarterback also indicated he did not want to become mired in a back-and-forth negotiation with the Pats when he signed in June, leading to his incentive-laden deal. Were Newton to stay healthy this season, however, a negotiation would seemingly commence and end with the former MVP signed to a deal more lucrative than his 2015 Panthers extension.
  • The Dolphins will be without Byron Jones against the Jaguars. Miami ruled out its high-priced free agent acquisition, who landed on the injury report with Achilles and groin issues. Jones left the Dolphins’ Week 2 game against the Bills in the first quarter. This will only be his second missed game since arriving in the NFL in 2015.
  • More wideout injury trouble for the Jets. They will be without Breshad Perriman for a game or two with an ankle ailment, Adam Gase said this week. Gang Green is already down Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims. Crowder is not certain to return in Week 3, and Mims must reside on IR through Week 4.
  • Le’Veon Bell dropped a considerable amount of weight this offseason, coming into this season at 210 pounds. With a CBS broadcast indicating Bell lost 24 pounds, this would have placed the former All-Pro at 234 last year — above his listed playing weight. Bell’s conditioning was a concern within the organization, Rich Cimini of notes. Bell is currently on IR and almost certainly in his final season as a Jet.
  • The Patriots have asked second-round rookie Josh Uche to morph from college pass rusher to all-around linebacker, according to Mike Reiss of Perhaps this developmental role resulted in Uche being a healthy scratch in Week 1, with the Pats having third-round linebacker Anfernee Jennings active over him. Uche has yet to play this season; he was inactive because of an ankle injury in Week 2. The ex-Michigan Wolverine, however, is off the Pats’ injury report ahead of their Week 3 game against the Raiders.
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9 comments on “AFC East Notes: Patriots, Jets, Jones

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Brady made more money from the Patriots than he can spend in a lifetime so the idea that money was the issue that caused the marriage to end is rather ridiculous. Tom and Bill were simply at odds on many things and that is why Brady decided to go elsewhere.

    • elscorcho the marlin

      He did take several team friendly deals. I’m sure it was relationship issues, but you can’t discount the money

    • bradthebluefish

      Brady wanted to be shown commitment and appreciate in either years or salary. Patriots did neither.

      Nor did Belichick do a Sean Peyton / John Ellway and tell his HOF QB that he can stay on the team for however long he likes.

  2. nentwigs

    Pats are so pleased with the performance and price of Cam NEWTON, they are trying to bring in FIG NEWTON!

  3. thatsright

    Stop putting Brady in Patriots news items. NE fans don’t care about Brady anymore.

  4. Ak185

    “May have” the best bargain? Even if Newton loses the rest of his starts, having a body in at all starting on the veteran minimum is the best bargain in the NFL. Coupled with Newton’s excellent start, this is certainly a great deal already. I am not saying that we should expect this high a level of production ever game for the rest of the year, but generally speaking your returns on a veteran minimum deal are much less than two quality starts at QB. Normally, that’s a low end backup level deal.

    There is one thing we can say for sure about Newton succeeding Brady. He’s already managed to take less playing quarterback for the Pats.

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