Monday, April 9, 2012
AFC East links: Overpay for Tannehill?
By ESPN.com staff
Linebackers coach Bob Sanders got a chance to briefly meet Mario Williams recently, and Sanders walked away impressed. “He is a great guy and a true professional," said Sanders. "Although he’s been around and been in the limelight, he is down to earth ... and he has outstanding character. I know he made all of Buffalo proud because of the character he has.”
Chidi Ahanotu, a 12-year NFL veteran who played under Gregg Williams with the Bills in 2002, said the embattled defensive coordinator was "the softest coach I’ve been around." More from Ahanotu: "It was to the point, really, where I said, ‘Man, this guy’s really not made out to be a coach.’ Honestly, that’s what I always felt in Buffalo -- this is not football. His approach was very cerebral.”
After passing on Kyle Orton, Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn, Alex Smith and not trading up to draft Robert Griffin III, the Dolphins should consider overpaying to draft Ryan Tannehill, writes Armando Salguero in the Miami Herald.
Izzy Gould at the Sun Sentinel takes a look at what the Dolphins have done so far in free agency.
Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Yeremiah Bell, said the safety would not be back in Miami. Rosenhaus said the Jets, Patriots and Eagles are interested in Bell.
New York Jets
Tim Tebow drew a crowd of 15,000 during an outdoor Easter service in Texas, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
Rich Cimini at ESPNNewYork reports Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is scheduled to visit the Jets this week. Floyd could be a target for the Jets with the No. 16 pick.
Cimini also reported over the weekend that the Jets signed Australian rugby star Hayden Smith. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Hayden could be a tight end.
New England Patriots
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss explores what West Virginia's Bruce Irvin could offer the Patriots.
NESN.com's Jeff Howe looks at Clemson's Andre Branch, who had 10.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss last season, as a possible replacement for Mark Anderson.