- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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AFC East teams vary in many ways. There are the consistent winners (Patriots) and not-so-consistent winners (Bills, Dolphins). There are trash-talkers (Jets) and more quiet teams (Patriots).
But Forbes magazine also showed another separation in the AFC East. Forbes released its annual value for NFL teams this week, and there is a big disparity from the top and bottom team.
No. 2 overall: New England Patriots, $1.635 billion
No. 6 overall: New York Jets, $1.284 billion
No. 15 overall: Miami Dolphins, $1.060 billion
No. 29 overall: Buffalo Bills, $805 million
It's no surprise the Patriots are the second-most valued franchise in the NFL at $1.635 billion. This was the most successful team of the past decade and has all the ingredients – good ownership, good coaching and good players. New England is a big-market team that does most things right and are consistently in title contention.
At the bottom you have the Bills. They are a small market team with little success. Buffalo hasn’t been to the playoffs in 13 years. Only the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars were worth less, according to Forbes. The Bills have playoff aspirations this year and are trying to get a new stadium to remain in Buffalo. Both would increase the team’s overall value.