AFC East: C.J. Mosley
- Running back Rashad Jennings
- Guard Kevin Haslam
- Tight end Zach Potter
- Defensive end Aaron Morgan
- Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley
- Defensive tackle Landon Cohen
- Linebacker Justin Durant
- Safety Sean Considine
The unanswerable question I'm referring to: "How does the NFL determine compensatory picks?"
Nobody knows because the league refuses to provide detailed insight into the formula. We know it depends on the number of free agents gained and lost the previous offseason and how well those players performed that year. Factors include the player's salary, playing time and awards -- we think.
But there's a compensatory vigilante out there who goes by the handle AdamJT13. He seems to have darn near cracked the code and has been giving accurate forecasts for 10 years.
My personal policy is not to link to people who write anonymously, but AdamJT13 has a track record and provides a unique service. With that in mind, here are his compensatory projections for AFC East clubs. The NFL will announce the official rundown in a couple weeks.
Buffalo Bills: None. They signed two qualifying free agents (quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, center Geoff Hangartner) and lost two (cornerback Jabari Greer, linebacker Angelo Crowell). AdamJT13 adds the Bills could get a compensatory pick at the end of the seventh round based on net value of the players lost, depending on the evaluations.
Miami Dolphins: Sixth-round pick. AdamJT13 notes it might be a seventh-rounder, or depending on how the NFL views guard Joe Berger, nothing at all. They signed one definite qualifying free agent (center Jake Grove) and lost two definites (cornerback Andre' Goodman and safety Renaldo Hill).
New England Patriots: Four seventh-round picks for losing receiver Jabar Gaffney, long-snapper Lonie Paxton, fullback Heath Evans and running back LaMont Jordan, but not signing any definite qualifying free agents. Gaffney could be good enough for a sixth-rounder.
New York Jets: None. They signed at least as many qualifying free agents (linebacker Bart Scott, safety Jim Leonhard, cornerback Donald Strickland and maybe linebacker Larry Izzo) as they lost (receiver Laveranues Coles, linebacker Eric Barton, defensive end C.J. Mosley and maybe cornerback Hank Poteat).
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Throughout the day I'll post the rundowns of free agents for each AFC East club.
We'll start off with the New York Jets, who have a lot of work to do to get their roster organized for 2009.
They're already about $7 million over the projected salary cap because of an accumulation of prorated signing bonuses.
Before we get to the list of free agents, here are some of the higher cap numbers for Jets under contract. I think everybody can identify one player in particular who will alleviate a lot a lot of cap strain if he doesn't return:
- QB Brett Favre $13 million
- OLB Calvin Pace 11.8 million
- S Kerry Rhodes $10.6 million
- G Alan Faneca $7.89 million
- WR Laveranues Coles $7 million
- DE Shaun Ellis $6.875 million
- T Damien Woody $6.5 million
- NT Kris Jenkins 6.4 million
- T D'Brickashaw Ferguson $6 million
- G Brandon Moore $5.85 million
Here are the Jets whose contracts are up:
Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)
- LB Eric Barton
- CB Ahmad Carroll
- RB Jesse Chatman
- K Jay Feely
- TE Bubba Franks
- CB Ty Law
- DT C.J. Mosley
- K Mike Nugent
- CB Hank Poteat
- FB Tony Richardson
- LB Cody Spencer
Restricted (Jets have right to match offer from other team)
Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Meadowlands crowd went silent and the game paused because Miami Dolphins tight end David Martin was supine on the field after suffering an apparent neck injury against the New York Jets.
Martin was able to leave the field slowly under his own power. His return is questionable.
Martin bobbled a Chad Pennington pass before catching it for an 8-yard gain in the first quarter.
Linebacker David Bowens wrapped Martin and drive him backward and onto his rear, but as Martin was hitting the turf, defensive tackle C.J. Mosley came from behind and snapped Martin's neck, whipping his chin to his chest while hunched over.Martin suffered a similar injury in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Just what the New England Patriots needed: another injured Pro Bowler.
Center Dan Koppen has left the field after suffering an apparent left elbow injury late in the second quarter. His status is uncertain, but we will update.