Friday, February 19, 2010
Around the AFC East: Butler stuns Bills
By ESPN.com staff
There are 30 AFC East players on the NFL's unrestritcted free agent list. And if you're aching for more info on the collective bargaining agreement negotiations, the NFLPA has a news feed up on its Web site.
The Buffalo News' Allen Wilson says the retirement announcement from 26-year old tackle Brad Butler caught the team by surprise and points out the player left a "lot of money on the table."
Wilson also writes the loss of Butler makes the Bills' already thin tackle depth even thinner.
The Sun-Sentinel has a transcript of an interview that former Dolphins star Zach Thomas did with Miami radio station WQAM. About the Dolphins in 2010, Thomas said, "I'm a fan now. This year, I watched a lot of the games because I'm back home. I cheer for those guys. Even though, [Bill] Parcells, I mean, he's doing a great job. I would like to hate because he was the guy that fired me. But he's got a great resume and I respect him. I'm definitely cheering for them."
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald would love if the Dolphins drafted defensive end/linebacker Brandon Graham from Michigan and says he's "the real deal."
New England Patriots
Former Patriots receiver Deion Branch isn't pulling any punches: He's committed to staying with the Seahawks. But in 2012 when his contract expires? "I'm not gonna lie, Bill, he'd have the advantage on a lot of teams. I started there, I'm associated with them so much, that's the place I was drafted at, and we've done so much together. And the greatest quarterback is still in New England," Branch said to the Boston Globe's Albert Breer.
As for pending free agent cornerback Leigh Bodden? He's negotiating with the Patriots "first and foremost," but there hasn't been a whole lot of progress, reports Breer.
New York Jets
More on quarterback Mark Sanchez's successful surgery from New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro.