Friday, March 8, 2013
AFC East links: Hartline, Moore reach deals
By ESPN.com staff
Hadley Engelhard, the agent for cornerback Leodis McKelvin, told The Associated Press that negotiations with the Bills are ongoing, and the two sides are scheduled to talk again Friday.
Wide receiver David Nelson thinks the Bills cut him because of the season-ending torn knee ligament he suffered last season, reports Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “I feel if I was able to play last year, things would be different 100 percent," Nelson said. "For me that’s the reason why; they’re not sure if I’ll be the same player I’ve been.”
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com squares up the free-agent guard market and looks at possible replacements for Andy Levitre, who's next expected back in Buffalo.
The Dolphins kept wide receiver Brian Hartline off the free-agent market, agreeing to a five-year, $30.775 million deal, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Quarterback Matt Moore has also reached a deal to stay in Miami, reports NFL.com's Jeff Darlington.
The Dolphins stadium bill moving through the Florida Senate could put the team at loggerheads with Miami's banks, reports the Miami Herald's Douglas Shanks.
Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel plays Dolphins GM for a day and lays out his plan for free agency, which would include a five-year-$60 million offer to free agent receiver Mike Wallace.
New England Patriots
With the start of free agency looming and Sebastian Vollmer still without a contract extension, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald looks at potential replacements.
The Patriots are prepared to let Wes Welker test the free-agent waters; do they understand Welker's value? From Ron Borges of the Boston Herald: "Regardless of what metric you use, Welker has been the definition of a value pick. He’s been the epitome of durability. He has been the essence of reliability."
Bill Belichick was in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday to check out the Miami Hurricanes' pro day, reports ESPNBoston.com's Mike Rodak.
New York Jets
Darrelle Revis, five months removed from major knee surgery, began running on a treadmill this week, writes ESPNNewYork.com's Rick Cimini. "None of the trade talks matter if I'm not healthy and back to All-Pro form," Revis said.
How would Felix Jones look in green and white? Cimini identifies some potential free-agent targets for the Jets.
With Moore off the quarterback market, Conor Orr of the (Newark) Star-Ledger looks at potential free agents the Jets could consider under center.