Thursday, March 5, 2015

OT Jason Fox inks two-year extension with Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins offensive line showed some improvement in 2014 from the previous season. Then again, that wasn't the toughest feat.

One of the contributors to the upswing, tackle Jason Fox, was rewarded for his efforts Thursday, signing a two-year deal with the team for $2.5 million, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Fox started two games for the team toward the end of last season and appeared in nine, and he's expected to compete for the starting right tackle gig in 2015. Dallas Thomas, whom Fox replaced, will likely be moved inside to guard.

Teammate and defensive tackle A.J. Francis threw out some props via Twitter to the 26-year-old, who was previously earning the league minimum.

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Veteran Wilfork says he'll hit the free-agent market


After 11 seasons, veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork may be wearing something other than blue and silver in 2015.

The 33-year-old, in a statement on Twitter Thursday, announced the team would not be picking up his contract option, which will make him a free agent come Tuesday. The move will save the team $8 million in total cap room, unless of course they restructure his deal.

"I’m in a good place and I have a great relationship with the Patriots organization," his statement read via the Boston Globe. "Please know how blessed my family and I have been to be able to play 11 years in New England for [an] amazing organization.

"The love you guys as fans have shown me have been my inspiration year in and year out … Your messages your stories your conversations [sic] and support always touch my heart. New England has been and always will be my home."

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Patriots' Rutgers DBs 'let it be known' they're close


Winning a Super Bowl is special. For New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon, winning one with his former college teammates and fellow defensive backs--Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan--makes it even sweeter.

"Those are my brothers. And we let it be known how close we are," Harmon told NJ.com of his bond with the Patriots' Rutgers crew. "We'll go around screaming RU stuff all day. We rep our school. We rep our brotherhood as well.

"It's very fun just to share those moments with people that you really care about, and those are two guys that I really care about."

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Youth at guard a target for Jets in free agency


With the New York Jets seeking youth on the interior of the offensive line this offseason, ESPN New York's Rich Cimini says Gang Green will likely target free agent guards Orlando Franklin and Mike Iupati.

Cost could eventually defer the team, though the Jets hope to sign a starter in free agency with a thin draft class in the wings this year and Willie Colon an expected goner.

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RPT: Hartline visits Bears, hopes to decide in 24 hours


The Miami Dolphins made some budget adjustments last week in cutting Brian Hartline, but their interest in the wide receiver remains.

Hartline, however, is weighting his options.

According to ProFootballTalk, the veteran wideout visited the Chicago Bears Wednesday and already had a positive meeting with the Cleveland Browns. PFT reports Hartline is looking to pick a team within the next 24 hours.

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Bills go on offensive, trade for Matt Cassel


Matt Cassel is back in the AFC East.

The former New England Patriots quarterback, who started four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and most recently donned a Minnesota Vikings uniform, was acquired by the Buffalo Bills via a trade.

Cassel has amassed 96 touchdowns and 70 interceptions with 71 starts in 91 appearances. Unless EJ Manuel shines in camp this year, there's a very good chance Cassel heads into the 2015 as the Bills' starter. So far, he appears to be an upgrade.

Buffalo sent a pair of undisclosed picks to the Vikings and got the signal-caller and another pick back in return.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pats tag Gostkowski, still aim for long-term extension


The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski Tuesday, but their efforts for a multi-year deal are still ongoing.

The 31-year-old lead the league in field goal percentage and hit 51 extra points last season for the Pats, earning a Pro Bowl nod in the process. It's the most successful season a New England kicker has ever posted, and it's reportedly the reason behind the team's continued effort to sign Gostkowski to an extension.

"Stephen has been extremely productive and a vital component to our success since joining our team in 2006," the team said in a statement Tuesday via the Boston Globe. "Utilizing the franchise designation allows both sides more time to try to reach an agreement, which is the goal."

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Spiller on free agency: 'I will not be returning to Buffalo'


The news on the LeSean McCoy trade may not be official until next week, but it seems C.J. Spiller's departure is all but set in stone.

The Buffalo running back, who becomes a free agent March 10, was reportedly in talks with the Bills' front office about a potential contract extension. Those talks seem to now be over, as the sixth-year back spoke out Tuesday about his future.

"I will not be returning to Buffalo," Spiller said on the NFL Network, via buffalobills.com.

The team reportedly thanked Spiller for his service.

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RPT: Bills to swap Kiko for McCoy in trade with Eagles


The Buffalo Bills seem to have figured out their plans at running back, and it looks to be at the expense of their 2013 second-round draft pick.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter, the team has agreed to a straight-up trade for LeSean McCoy, the Eagles' star backfield presence. The move sends linebacker Kiko Alonso to Philadelphia and likely means that C.J. Spiller's time in Buffalo is over, as well.

The deal cannot officially go down until next week, the start of the new season, but it will reunite Alonso with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. It will also bring a much bigger salary into Buffalo, as McCoy is set to earn just north of $10 million in 2015.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dolphins cut half of WR corps, drop Hartline, Gibson


Changes were expected within the Miami Dolphins' wide receiving corps before next season, and changes have come.

The team parted ways with wideouts Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson Friday, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, a move that cleared nearly $6.5 million in cap space but also wiped out the crux of the receiving depth chart. Hartline has been the team's No. 2 since they picked up Mike Wallace, while Gibson spent time as the team's full-time slot receiver prior to the signing of Jarvis Landry.

The pair had a serious drop-off in production in 2014 following pretty solid performances the year prior, combining for less than 1,000 yards and three touchdowns.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jackson: Spiller return all about the numbers


With less than two weeks before the free agency period begins, C.J. Spiller has dollar signs on the brain. Problem is, they're not the same dollar signs on the minds of the Buffalo Bills front office.

The 27-year-old and the organization are currently not seeing eye to eye when it comes to a fair contract extension, a situation made a little clearer by Jason Fitzgerald's breakdown of the free agent running backs this season, via the Sporting News. He has Spiller listed as a "Tier 2" back, a designation that includes a number of other talented ball carriers and carries an average yearly salary of $3.5 million per year.

Given his age and prior success, Spiller likely sees himself as a Tier 1 player (or somewhere between the two), a designation that garners a much higher paycheck.

According to teammate and fellow back Fred Jackson, Spiller's return to Buffalo is contingent upon the two sides finding a happy middle ground.

"I talked to C.J. I talked to him earlier today," Jackson said. "He definitely wants to be back in Buffalo. It’s just going to be about getting the job done and getting the numbers worked out. I know there are going to be other teams interested in him. 

"He’s a tremendous athlete and a tremendous running back. We’d all be foolish to sit here and think other teams aren’t going to come after him."

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Rex ready to roll around Buffalo in style with Bills truck


You know a Rex Ryan quote when you hear it. In Buffalo, seems like you'll now know a Rex Ryan car when you see it, too.

A couple weeks ago, the team's new head coach let Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham in on some design ideas for his new whip. Thursday, those ideas became a reality, as pictures of Ryan's newly painted truck made their way around the Internet.

The truck, which sports a pretty legit lift kit, boasts a large, sleek Bills logo down the side, faded behind streaks of white and blue paint. You can check it out below, courtesy of the Sporting News.

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RPT: Wallace unwilling to restructure with Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins are at a crossroads with wide receiver Mike Wallace, who has three years left on his big contract but is a candidate to be dropped at free agency time.

If the team had plans to try and re-structure his deal, that option is supposedly out of the picture.

Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reported Thursday that Wallace "would rather test the free-agent market than re-work the details of his contract," if the Dolphins decide to let him go.

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Bills reportedly in contract talks with Josh McCown


The Buffalo Bills need a quarterback, and Josh McCown needs a team. Apparently, the two are seeing eye-to-eye.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that McCown is negotiating a contract with the Bills. He'd be formidable competition for EJ Manuel and very possibly and upgrade.

McCown, a 35-year-old journeyman, recently met with the Cleveland Browns, as well as the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets.

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Shane Vereen thinks $5 million report is funny


New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen thinks recent the recent report that he's seeking $5 million is a real knee-slapper.
The Patriots' pass-catching back, who thrives in the third-down role, is slated for free agency in March.

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