- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC East:
According to USA Today, receiver Mike Wallace turned down a $76 million contract offer from the Minnesota Vikings to play for the Miami Dolphins.
Morning take: The Dolphins still paid Wallace $60 million, but I think it shows that Wallace wasn’t only thinking dollar signs when he chose Miami. He wanted to play for an up-and-coming team.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was voted No. 25 among the NFL Network’s top 100 players.
Morning take: This is a solid ranking for “Gronk,” but injuries probably kept him from landing a little higher. Gronkowski, who’s had offseason back and arm issues, must stay healthy for the Patriots this season.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan expects rookie quarterback Geno Smith to make a rapid improvement.
Morning take: It’s been an up-and-down spring for Smith, which is to be expected. But the second-round draft pick is falling behind in the quarterback competition with Mark Sanchez and needs to do more in training camp to make up ground.
The starting left guard position for the Buffalo Bills is now a two-man race between Colin Brown and Doug Legursky.
Morning take: Brown has a head start on Legursky, who just arrived. But Legursky does have playoff and Super Bowl experience from his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The spot was left open after the exit of Andy Levitre via free agency.