Change Remains the Only Constant for AFC East Teams
It is no secret that AFC East teams have grappled with high players and coaches turnover for nearly two decades now. The Bills, Dolphins and Jets combined have had 17 different head coaches over the course of 17 years. As if this is not enough, the teams have hired and fired 43 different quarterbacks. These Patriots competitors can therefore be termed as unstable. In fact, this could be an understatement; the turnover is on a massive scale. With this instability, New England Patriots players have been kept in toes, not knowing what to expect. Gearing up to the new season, more changes in the AFC East await. Below is a closer look at what the teams are up to so far.
When considering the Miami Dolphins, they have just let go of Jarvis Landry. They traded him off to the Browns to get two draft picks in the NFL. Landry is best known for his impressive receptions last season that totaled 112. However, he did not perform well where rushing yards are concerned. The main reason why Miami was quick to trade him off could have something to do with his hefty price tag. In 2018, this player is due to make more than $16 million. Having said this, his exit will leave a hole in the Miami offense, because he is definitely a great receiver.
In terms of players who are headed out, Miami does not stop there. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and linebacker Lawrence Timmons have been sent packing. This is according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN. It has also been reported that these two players presented with discipline issues for the team and their exit could have been inevitable. On the bright side, the Dolphins are set to save over $17 million on the salary cap by releasing these players. It is worth noting that Ryan Tannehil is making a comeback in Miami. Hopefully, this may propel the team forward in the coming season.
When it comes to the Bills, last season saw them make the playoffs for the very first time since 2000. This has greatly boosted their confidence going forward. However, they need to fill their quarterback need to set the ball rolling. They will be looking for their 16th starting quarterback this offseason. Recently, they traded Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for a third-round pick in 2018. This way, they save well over $15 million in the salary cap. Whether the player who takes the place of Taylor in Buffalo will be better or not is a wait and see.
The Jets are proud to have the most cap space in the NFL. They also have the No. 6 overall pick. This team is expected to make serious changes in its camp. From quarterback to safety, their needs are cut out. It is said that the Jets are eyeing Kirk Cousins and getting him will inject the much needed life into the team. Cousins could head to the Jets or not. With all the above, the Patriots will have to cope with any arising changes from their competitors. One constant is that the turnover at this point is hard to keep up with.



 


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