AFC East Notes: Gilmore, Bell, Callaway

Patriots star CB Stephon Gilmore is set to earn $10.5MM this year, which is quite a bargain when considering that the top of the CB market now features average annual values in the $17MM range. But it does not appear that Gilmore is pushing for a new deal at this time, and though he missed five practices in a row last month, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com says the absence was not contract-related.

Now for a few more AFC East items:

  • For months, Jarrett Stidham looked like he would be the Patriots‘ starting QB and would serve as the heir apparent to Tom Brady. But now, Reiss says Stidham might actually be the third-stringer behind Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer, and his inability to generate any momentum in training camp has cast his long-term future in doubt.
  • In the same piece linked above, Reiss says that Jermaine Eluemunor has definitively seized the Patriots’ RT job.
  • Despite plenty of evidence to the contrary, Jets RB Le’Veon Bell says he has no issues with head coach Adam Gase. In his first comments since his publicly questioning Gase’s decision to pull him out of a recent scrimmage, Bell said, “I don’t understand why everybody is trying to put me and Gase against each other. We’re not against each other. I don’t understand why it’s so hard to believe, but we actually like each other” (via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com). Though Bell may not make it past this year’s trading deadline with Gang Green, it is in his and Gase’s best interests to limit the drama and focus on getting Bell back to his old form.
  • Former Browns receiver Antonio Callaway recently tried out for the Dolphins, as Albert Breer of SI.com notes (via Twitter). Callaway, a 2018 fourth-round pick, has plenty of promise but has had a very rocky start to his pro career, including two separate suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He hooked on with the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers in January but suffered a leg injury shortly after signing, and this is the first time we have heard his name in NFL circles since then.
  • The Dolphins just waived QB Josh Rosen, and as Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald tweets, the team could now reunite with Jake Rudock, who spent last season on the Miami practice squad.
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5 comments on “AFC East Notes: Gilmore, Bell, Callaway

  1. TJECK109

    Seems like just yesterday when Pats fans were calling Stidham was the future and the pats would be fine

    • case7187

      I think the pats did it on purpose to see if he had the head to be the guy and when they saw something they didn’t like they thought he wasn’t ready they signed Cam by doing that it got deeper in his head so he lost all confidence in himself

  2. Ak185

    Bell might like Gase, but I doubt the reverse is true. There were numerous stories about him complaining about Bell’s contract and the Jets’ decision to pursue him, and I do not doubt that part of the reason owner Johnson instructed Douglas to not spend was Gase’s complaints about high priced free agents that he did not hand select.

    In addition to that, Gase doesn’t seem to like anybody.

    • bradthebluefish
      bradthebluefish

      I bet Gase is okay with Bell. He simply doesn’t know how to utilize Bell and that’s what’s frustrating for everybody.

  3. elscorcho the marlin
    elscorcho the marlin

    Where is Chris Simms now? Said Stidham would be better than Tua. Can’t even beat out Hoyer.

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