Sunday, March 31, 2013

Kevin Kolb to Buffalo: What it means for Bills, Jets


The Buffalo Bills inked free agent quarterback Kevin Kolb Saturday to a two-year deal reportedly worth a maximum of $13 million.

With that, let the ripple effect begin. (photo: AZKodiak, Flickr)

Buffalo's acquisition of the seven-year veteran not only readjusts its depth chart, but it also changes the look of its approach to the draft and ends talk of a possible Kolb-Marty Mornhinweg reunion via the New York Jets.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dolphins' Brent Grimes: Achilles no longer an issue


Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland opened his wallet once again Saturday, signing free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes to a one-year contract reportedly worth $5.5 million.

Ireland has most recently begun scooping up talent from last year’s Injured Reserve list, giving the acquisitions a one-year shot to prove their worth. (photo: David Smith, Flickr)

He inked a deal with offensive lineman Lance Louis earlier this week after Louis missed the majority of 2012 with an ACL tear. Grimes was in the same boat, playing only one game last season after suffering an Achilles tear.

Rounding up last few days of AFC East happenings


We've had a busy couple days in our non-blogging lives, so here's a roundup of stories and links regarding the AFC East to get you caught up on what we couldn't get to.

Matt Barkley is the latest soon-to-be rookie signal-caller to work out for Bills. (photo: Neon Tommy, Flickr)

Cornerback Mike Jenkins, most-recently of the Cowboys, is slated to visit Orchard Park.

Running back Tashard Choice says he's returning to Buffalo.

Joe Philbin won't put up with players showing up to activities "sloppy fat and out of shape like last year."

Bills reportedly eying former Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.

The Jets' former starting guard not named Brandon Moore signed elsewhere.

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty reportedly had shoulder surgery.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Offseason workout dates released


The NFL released the offseason voluntary workout schedules for each team on Thursday.

Every team has a three-tiered, nine-week program for which to hold exercises before mandatory mini-camp. All three phases are non-contact practices for the most part and are scattered throughout April and May.

Three of four AFC East teams will hold their first day of workouts on April 15 (Jets, Patriots, Dolphins), while the Bills can start as early as April 2. According to the team’s website, however, the team’s first day of workouts won’t be until April 23.

Vollmer super 'happy' to be back with Pats... for real


Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer is really happy he was able to re-sign with the New England Patriots. Seriously, he’s really happy.

Vollmer spoke with reporters via conference call on Thursday about a number of issues, including his new contract, his time in free agency, his feelings on the other returning lineman for the Pats and even his injury status. (photo: Karen Cardoza, Flickr)

Like a pupil from the Crash Davis School of Interviewing, Vollmer used his clichés masterfully, telling reporters he’s “thankful” for the opportunity and that he’s “looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dolphins sign 12th free agent in DL Vaughn Martin


A dozen's company.

Two weeks into the new football year, the Miami Dolphins have acquired their 12th free agent -- seventh from the outside -- in signing former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Vaughn Martin Thursday. (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Flickr)

Martin, who inked a two-year deal, will fill the void left by backup defensive lineman Tony McDaniel. McDaniel signed with the Seattle Seahawks the same day.

Patriots sign Mike Jenkins, release reserve receiver


The New England Patriots are again likely to bring a handful of veteran receivers to camp with few promises.

Thursday, the Patriots signed Michael Jenkins, most recently of the Minnesota Vikings. Jenkins spent seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before donning purple the last two years.

Multiple reports state Jenkins is probably slated to make the veteran minimum in salary as he competes for a job. (Photo: Rick Burtzel, Flickr)

Jets host LaRon Landry's older brother, Dawan


The New York Jets lost standout safety LaRon Landry to free agency, but they might keep it in the family.

Gang Green hosted veteran safety Dawan Landry, LaRon's older brother, for a visit Wednesday, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Landry, most recently of the Jacksonville Jaguars, is a perfect candidate for a team that is looking for wallet-friendly and practical help to get it through the first stage of a retooling phase under new general manager John Idzik. (photo: Keith Allison, Flickr)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dolphins ink former Bears O-lineman Lance Louis


The Miami Dolphins' offensive line has been in slight disarray since the announcement of free-agent Jake Long’s departure to St. Louis.

General manager Jeff Ireland helped alleviate that Wednesday, as the team signed former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Lance Louis to a one-year deal. (photo: Jeffrey Beall)

Louis, who missed half of last season with an ACL tear, told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times after the announcement that it was time for a “fresh start,” and that he had no gripes with the Bears.

Davis has visit with Jets after mid-week Bills trip


Free agent tight end Fred Davis is making his partial AFC East tour this week.

Davis, formerly of the Washington Redskins, told Brian Harrington of Pro Football Central Tuesday that he was leaving for a visit with the Buffalo Bills Wednesday. Davis met with Bills brass over the weekend and is following it up with a trip to their facility. (photo: Keith Allison, Flickr)

Davis also said he'll be off to see the New York Jets "in a couple of days."

Dolphins confirm new logo after leak by Nike worker


The Miami Dolphins planned to reveal their new logo at the end of April.

But we're not even through the end of March yet, and their secret is no longer safe.

Wednesday, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee confirmed the new logo (right), which was leaked earlier in the month and briefly appeared on earlier in the day, is in fact the real thing.

5 AFC East-ers make's 'All-Underrated' list


Elliot Harrison of published his All-Underrated team Tuesday, and it’s no surprise that a number of AFC East faces made the cut.

Three players from the division appeared on Harrison’s Top 25 Under 25 list, and the five represented in Harrison’s most recent lineup was tied with the NFC East for the most in any division. (photo: Jack Newton, Flickr)

The Miami Dolphins led all teams with three picks, as safety Reshad Jones, punter Brandon Fields and newcomer Philip Wheeler all received nods at their respective positions.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A defensive lineup made up of remaining FAs


Instead of a by-position ranking of the remaining free agents, here's a lineup comprised of the top remaining players on the market as of Tuesday, March 26: (photo: Mike Morbeck, Flickr)

DL: Dwight Freeny, Indianapolis Colts
DL: Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants
DL: Richard Seymour, Oakland Raiders
LB: James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
LB: Daryl Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB: Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears
LB: Victor Butler, Dallas Cowboys
DB: Brent Grimes, Atlanta Falcons
DB: Antoine Winfield, Minnesota Vikings
DB: Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles
DB: Michael Huff, Oakland Raiders

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday cleanup: Links from around division [3/25]


A roundup of notes and links around the Web regarding the AFC East:

- Former New England Patriots and (sort of) Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson appeared in court Monday.

- The 2013 NFL schedule will be released April 16.

- If Patriots want to act on Emmanuel Sanders, they'll need to do it by April 19.

- So much for the Jets possibly bringing back Ropati Pitoitua.

- While the AFC East could use some more receivers, Darrius Heyward-Bey is visiting elsewhere.

Patriots' deal with Vollmer is of the low-risk variety


Sebastian Vollmer spent two weeks on the free agent market before returning home to Foxborough.

But the New England Patriots, who re-signed Vollmer to a four-year deal Monday, aren't taking him back without conditions. (photo: Jack Newton, Flickr)

According to Mark Garafolo of USA Today, Vollmer can make as much as $27 million under the new contract. However, $9 million is reportedly incentive and playing time-based, and another $1 million is reserved for a Pro Bowl nod.

An offensive lineup made up of remaining FAs


Instead of a by-position ranking of the remaining free agents, here's a lineup comprised of the top remaining players on the market as of Monday, March 25: (photo: Navin75, Flickr)

QB: Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw New York Giants
OL: Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals
OL: Brandon Moore, New York Jets
OL: Eric Winston, Kansas City Chiefs
OL: Bryant McKinnie, Baltimore Ravens
OL: Winston Justice, Indianapolis Colts
TE: Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
WR: Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
WR: Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Agent: Winston 'really' wants to play for Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins could really use an offensive tackle, and Eric Winston could really use a team.

Winston, most recently of the Kansas City Chiefs and formerly of the Houston Texans, remains on the free market as fellow free agents at his position are slowly finding suitors.

The veteran lineman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, thinks a marriage between Winston and Miami would be "a perfect fit." (photo: The Brit_2, Flickr)

Jeff Demps likely punches ticket off Patriots roster


Earlier this year, New England Patriots... player... Jeff Demps expressed his desire to pursue his track career at the expense of his football career.

Recently, Demps confirmed his heart is in fact with track. As for football, well, he could take it or leave it. (photo: photo-gator, Flickr)

In an interview with a Florida radio station, the speedster project/return man gave the following answer to a question asking what he would say to Patriots coach Bill Belichick regarding his two-sport aspirations:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bills converse with free agent tight end Fred Davis


The Buffalo Bills are looking for some depth at tight end. A dinner date might've assisted them in that department.

As first reported by Adam Schefter early Sunday, Bills general manager Buddy Nix, assistant GM Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and other members of the Buffalo brass met with tight end Fred Davis, formerly of the Washington Redskins, Saturday night.(photo: Keith Allison, Flickr)

Davis is one of the top free-agent options left at the position, and the Bills could certainly use the help.

Pats re-up Vollmer, take another tackle off market


Sebastian Vollmer was widely expected to return to the New England Patriots sooner or later.

Sooner looks to be the verdict. (photo: Karen Cardoza, Flickr)

According to ESPN Boston's Field Yates and the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian, the sides agreed over the weekend to stay together. Guregian reported the right tackle will sign a four-year deal Monday.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bills hold private workout with FSU's EJ Manuel


The Buffalo Bills' quarterback quest continues Saturday, as the team will hold a private workout with Florida State signal-caller EJ Manuel in Tallahassee, Fla., according to the team’s website.

Manuel, recognized for his strong arm and familiarity with a pro-style system, was called a “better prospect than Christian Ponder was two years ago with more upside” by Mike Mayock of the NFL Network recently.

Manuel’s accuracy and timing have been a question mark, however, which favor the likelihood of his availability when Buffalo’s No. 8 pick comes up next month.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bills giving quarterback Geno Smith a closer look


Barring something dramatic, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith won't be for the taking at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

But the Buffalo Bills are doing their due dilligence.

The Bills are holding a private workout with Smith, who is widely regarded as the best signal-caller in a weak class, Friday, according to the team's website.

Inactivity around Vollmer imply return to Patriots?


All has been quiet on the Sebastian Vollmer front despite the offensive tackle's position as arguably the top offensive lineman available on the open market.

That could mean a return to Foxborough is in the works. (photo: Beth Hart, Flickr)

Friday morning, ESPN Boston's Field Yates wrote that the longer Vollmer remains a free agent, the more likely he returns to the New England Patriots.

New Dolphins expected to 'fall in line' with culture


Since taking the helm a little over a year ago, Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin worked to establish not just his brand of coaching, but a winning and professional culture for the franchise.

After the addition of several big-name free agents, Philbin still wants to make one thing clear: this is his team.

“They’ve got to get acclimated," Philbin said Tuesday of Miami's new acquisitions, according to the team's website. "In [the past] 13 months we’ve been able to establish a culture and environment, an atmosphere of how we do business when they walk into that door."

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Keller inked one-year prove-it deal with 'confidence'


Tight end Dustin Keller wasn't pleased with the market he was seeing for his services, so he did what a lot of players do.

He bet on himself.

Keller signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Miami Dolphins last week, and Thursday, he explained why he supposedly steered away from a multi-year offer with the team. (photo: Billtacular, Flickr)

Wilson offering Arrington 'Pampers' for his No. 24


Adrian Wilson, one of the newest additions to the New England Patriots' secondary, is ready to chase a Super Bowl with his new crew.

First things first, though: he wants his number back.

Wilson quipped about his new feud with teammate Kyle Arrington during a conference call with the media on Thursday, telling reporters that he has an interesting proposition for the fellow defensive back regarding the No. 24 jersey he currently dons. (photo: Victor Dorantes, Flickr)

CJ2K: There could be controversy with Greene


Shonn Greene spent most of his tenure with the New York Jets in a somewhat by-committee backfield with no drama.

Things might get a little dramatic in Tennessee. (photo: AJ Guel, Flickr)

Greene signed on with the Titans last week to work alongside Chris Johnson. Wednesday, Johnson expressed some (or a lot) of disdain regarding Greene's place on the team's running back depth chart.

Jets' RBs coach says competition is 'wide open'


The New York Jets added Mike Goodson to complement new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system while filling a depth chart void left by Shonn Greene.

But that doesn't mean Goodson will have the No. 1 tailback spot handed to him. (photo: Brook Ward, Flickr)

"... in my opinion it’s wide open,” Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn recently told the team's website. “That is what you want. You want guys coming to camp, coming to work every day and competing for the position, knowing that if you slack (off) — someone else is going to step right in.”

Fred Jackson: New crown rule ‘changes the game’


Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson makes his living between the tackles, usually driving through, not around, would-be tacklers. Now, he will likely have to adjust his approach, and he’s not happy about it.

The NFL voted in favor of the “crown rule” Wednesday, which bars ball carriers from using the crowns of their helmets as the point of open-field contact. (photo: Alan Kotok, Flickr)

Jackson was quick voice his distain for the amendment, saying the alteration will affect the dynamic of the game.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Manny Lawson excited for Mike Pettine's hybrid 'D'


Recently-signed Buffalo Bills linebacker Manny Lawson sees a change coming.

In his last two years with the San Francisco 49ers, he tallied nine sacks before managing only a third of that in 2011 and 2012 with the Cincinnati Bengals. (photo: Brooksphere, Flickr)

But with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine now at the helm in Buffalo, Lawson says things are about to take a turn for the better.

Dolphins hosting former Jets guard Brandon Moore


Free agent guard Brandon Moore hasn't signed anywhere yet, but he's visiting with the team that is looking to sign everybody.

The Miami Dolphins are playing host to the former New York Jets interior lineman Wednesday, according to Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

Gang Green wasn't expected to retain Moore, who is one of two starting guards the team could lose via free agency, and the Dolphins are seeking to upgrade the spot John Jerry held last year.

Patriots announce re-signing of Cole, Koutouvides


The New England Patriots bolstered their depth and special teams corps Wednesday.

New England announced the re-signing of cornerback Marquice Cole and linebacker Niko Koutouvides, which isn't on the news level of Wes Welker but is somewhat important.

Each player participated in 14 games last season, with Cole getting more work on defense while tallying 12 tackles and an interception. He added seven tackles on special teams.

Roger Goodell: No new playoff schedule for 2013


More teams may be entering the NFL playoff tree, but not any time in the definite future.

Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the league’s annual meeting on Monday, where he was asked about the progression of talks regarding an increase in playoff-eligible teams. According to Commish, the talks are ongoing but still need to be looked at by the players' union. (NYC Marines, Flickr)

“We presented an alternative calendar for the offseason,” Goodell said. “We think that it makes a lot of sense. I think the players saw the benefits of doing that and they wanted to talk to their membership, which they were doing last week at their meeting.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dolphins bringing back Garner, but not McDaniel


The Miami Dolphins will bring back a certain big man on offense but will move on from another on defense.

The Dolphins announced Tuesday that they re-signed offensive lineman Nate Garner, who will provide some depth at tackle as the team continues to figure out what life will be like without veteran left tackle Jake Long.

"I think we definitely can be better as an offensive line," Garner said Tuesday, via "Jake is going to be sorely missed but I think we’ll recover and move on down the road and just try to get better as a unit.”

Fins only AFC East team to get compensatory pick


The Miami Dolphins have been compensated.

Monday, the NFL awarded 32 compensatory 2013 draft picks to 16 teams, and the Dolphins were the only team in the AFC East to receive any. (photo: Marques Stewart, Flickr)

Miami gained an additional pick in the fifth and seventh rounds, boosting their total number of picks to 11.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lands gig with Titans


While at home, Ryan Fitzpatrick found a home.

The journeyman quarterback, most recently of the Buffalo Bills, met with a couple teams at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona Sunday, as they were taking place just a short drive from his home.

Fitzpatrick ultimately signed on with the Tennessee Titans, and he'll take over backup duties behind Jake Locker in place for the recently-released Matt Hasselbeck. (photo: Doug Kerr, Flickr)

Jets fill another void with signing of Antwan Barnes


In a frugal effort to bolster the pass rush, the New York Jets signed former Rex Ryan student and outside linebacker Antwan Barnes Monday to a three-year, $4 million contract, according to Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger. (photo: Nathan Rupert, Flickr)

Barnes is the fourth player with injury issues Idzik has signed on the cheap this offseason. He’ll be used to fill the void left by Calvin Pace's departure.

He’s shown that he can be potent in the right role (11 sacks, 34 tackles in 2011), but New York will need another strong body on the outside to round out the position.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Kraft: Patriots' offer to Welker better than Broncos'


The New England Patriots usually take the concept of "business as usual" to heights unreached by most.

But when it comes to receiver Wes Welker, they're about as personal as ever. (photo: Arnold Tijerina, Flickr)

At the NFL owners meeting in Arizona Monday, Patriots owner Robert Kraft uncharacteristically opened up to the media about the details of New England's dealing with the recently departed Welker, who struck a deal with the Denver Broncos after he and the Patriots couldn't work anything out.

Fitzpatrick reportedly meets with Bengals, Titans


Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has accepted the fact that he's bound for a backup job.

Now, he's just looking for one. (photo: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Flickr)

The NFL owners meetings are currently taking place in Phoenix, Ariz., a half-hour drive from Fitzpatrick's hometown of Gilbert, Ariz., and Fitzpatrick is using the situation as an opportunity to sell himself.

Dolphins to unveil logo 'evolution' in 30 days


The Miami Dolphins are undergoing a major roster makeover. The uniform makeover is next.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee announced Monday that the much-anticipated (well, depends on who you are) unveiling of a new logo design will happen in one month.

"In Phoenix for NFL meetings," Dee tweeted. "Logo & Uniform Evolution is 30 days away!"

A glance at busy offseason for AFC East O-lines


Wide receiver has clearly been a focal point for AFC East teams in the 2013 version of free agency. Offensive line looks to be just as important.

Former Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long signed with the St. Louis Rams less than a week after ex-Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre joined the Tennessee Titans. (photo: Chris Seward, Flickr)

The New England Patriots have yet to make a move on tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and the New York Jets' starting guards last season in Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson are both still on the open market.

Long's departure clears Dolphins of '08 draft class


So Long, 2008.

Jake Long, the Miami Dolphins' once franchise left tackle, signed with the St. Louis Rams late Sunday night, as first reported by ProFootballTalk. Long took the money, opting for a four-year, $34 million contact with $20 guaranteed over whatever the Dolphins' lesser proposal was. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

With that, the Dolphins have completely cleared out their 2008 draft class, which consisted of nine players.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

After Fins sign ex-Raiders LB, Raiders ink Burnett


The Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders officially completed a linebacker swap, though not by trade.

Less than a week after the Dolphins signed Philip Wheeler on the first day of free agency, the Raiders picked up veteran 'backer Kevin Burnett, according to Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

Burnett, who spent the last two years in Miami, tallied 109 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five passes defensed last season.

Arena team has 'contract waiting for Tebow to sign'


The probability of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow having a job in the NFL is decreasing by the day. At least he has a backup option.

Brett Bouchy, the owner of the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators, recently told the Orlando Sentinel that he'd be glad to put the quarterback bust on his roster.

He also he thinks the move would help Tebow in the long run. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

Get the Folk back here: Jets' kicker re-signs


We're a little late to the party, but I couldn't pass up a shot at a pseudo swear-word headline.

Saturday, the New York Jets re-signed kicker Nick Folk, who spent his last three seasons with Gang Green before hitting free agency earlier this month. (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)

Folk wasn't spectacular in 2012, but he wasn't terrible. He recorded a 21-of-27 field goal make-rate, with his longest 3-pointer coming 54 yards out.

Before Long: Fins' free agent tackle could return


Before free agency started, it was considered a foregone conclusion that tackle Jake Long would be moving on from the Miami Dolphins.

After all, his play had declined considerably over the past two seasons while he battled injuries, and Long would be seeking top free agent money this offseason -- the type of money the Dolphins did not want to spend on an injury prone left tackle. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

But after he was set free to assess what his open market value actually was, the four-time Pro Bowler may now have a road back to Miami.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lloyd release latest move in Pats' receiver shakeup


The odds were "against" receiver Brandon Lloyd staying in Foxborough for another season. Saturday, the New England Patriots acted accordingly.

In the midst of yet another another major receiver shakeup in New England, the Patriots released Lloyd and relieved themselves of his near $5 million cap hit, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Rumors surfaced earlier in the day that the Patriots signed Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders to an offer sheet, though that report was later refuted.

Patriots bring back CB Aqib Talib on one-year deal


The New England Patriots’ push to improve their secondary started Friday with two key acquisitions.

That push continued Saturday with the re-signing of playmaker Aqib Talib. (photo: Scott Smith, Flickr)

After picking up free agent safety Adrian Wilson and re-signing cornerback Kyle Arrington on Friday, the team has inked a one-year deal with their top corner, according to Christopher Price of

Jets address both fronts by signing Colon, Garay


The New York Jets have flown under the radar so far in free agency, but they've filled a few important voids in the process.

Gang Green acquired former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Willie Colon Friday before adding some depth on the opposite line by picking up ex-San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Antonio Garay. (photo credit:

New York was in the market for an offensive frontman to work on the interior, as right guard Brandon Moore is a likely goner and left guard Matt Slauson has yet to be re-signed.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Pats pick up Adrian Wilson, return Kyle Arrington


The New England Patriots, in the hunt for veteran defensive help, brought in three free agents on Friday for official visits. By Friday night, they had one signed.

The Patriots agreed to terms with 12-year veteran and former All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson on a three-year deal, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 radio. New England also hosted veteran defensive ends Dwight Freeney and John Abraham. (photo: Victor Dorantes, Wikimedia Commons)

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

Wideout Brandon Gibson picks Dolphins over Jets


The Miami Dolphins are still at it.

After acquiring the services of former New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller Friday, the Dolphins announced the signing of ex-St. Louis Rams possession receiver Brandon Gibson. (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Flickr)

Gibson met with the Jets earlier in the week but left New York without a deal. Miami was his next and last visit.

Tight end Dustin Keller Jets to South Beach


Dustin Keller had to pick between his former team in the New York Jets and his former rival in the Miami Dolphins. In his own words: "It was time to move on."

The sixth-year tight end signed a one-year deal with Miami Friday, scheduling what essentially amounts to a single-season trial period in which he'll look to prove his health and contributions are worth a multi-year deal. (photo: Billtacular, Flickr)

"It was really between those two," Keller said, according to the Miami Herald. "Other teams were talking but there really those two teams that came down to and once I made the visit it made my decision pretty easy."