Thursday, April 22, 2010
Five AFC East souls who should be nervous
A look at five AFC East players who should be nervous on the verge of the NFL draft.
Alan Faneca, Jets left guard: Rumblings out of Florham Park indicate the Jets are trying to trade the perennial Pro Bowler and his contract, which pays him a $7.5 million base salary. Faneca could be on the verge of being dealt from one of the NFL's best offensive lines to, well, to who knows where?
Trent Edwards, Bills quarterback: Buffalo's former quarterback of the future might get another shot, but not if the Bills draft a prospect with the ninth or 41st overall selection. Edwards will breathe a sigh of relief if the Bills take other positions instead.
Laurence Maroney, Patriots running back: Other than Maroney, the Patriots backfield is up in years. Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris each will be at least 33 this season. That gives Maroney an edge, but he'll become marginalized if the Patriots select a running back with one of their four picks inside the first 53 slots.
Paul Soliai, Dolphins nose tackle: With nose tackle Jason Ferguson opening the season with an eight-game suspension, Soliai projects to be the opening-day starter. That would change in a hurry if the Dolphins snag a nose tackle within the first couple rounds.
Adalius Thomas, Patriots outside linebacker: Unlike the others on this list, Thomas wants his team to draft a player at his position. That would push him that much closer to a departure from the Patriots' roster, and that would make him happy.