AFC East: Dominique Harris

Transaction wire humming in AFC East

September, 5, 2010
A lot of paperwork was flying around AFC East front offices Sunday.

Teams fiddled with their rosters by rummaging through a free-agent pile enlarged by Saturday's cuts.

The Buffalo Bills made a big signing at tight end, bringing in veteran David Martin for immediate help at a position of need and claimed guard Kraig Urbik off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Miami Dolphins surprisingly cut Martin, leaving them with only Anthony Fasano and John Nalbone. Joey Haynos is out with a foot injury.

The Bills were hit hard by tight end injuries this summer, and Shawn Nelson was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Buffalo cut tight end J.P. Foschi and cornerback Dominique Harris to make space for their new players.

The Dolphins placed cornerback Will Allen on injured reserve and picked up four players off waivers: offensive linemen Jeremy Parnell (New Orleans Saints) and Joe Reitz (Baltimore Ravens) and defensive ends Clifton Geathers (Cleveland Browns) and Robert Rose (Seattle Seahawks).

To clear room, the Dolphins cut offensive lineman Cory Procter and defensive end Charles Grant and Marques Douglas.

Also on Sunday, the New England Patriots officially announced a pair of trades: safety Jarrad Page from the Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Tracy White from the Philadelphia Eagles for undisclosed draft picks.

New England claimed guard Stave Maneri off waivers from the Houston Texans and released linebacker Tyrone McKenzie.

A glance at AFC East's undrafted rookies

September, 5, 2010
You can tell a lot about a team by the number of undrafted rookies who make the roster.

Undrafted rookies are essential, but they are a case of good news, bad news.

They are pleasant finds for the scouting department and indicate a keen eye for overlooked gems. That said, too many undrafted rookies usually are a sign the front office hasn't hit on a high percentage of draft picks or a team is in full-scale rebuilding mode.

With that in mind, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at how many each AFC East club kept on their 53-man rosters Saturday.

Buffalo Bills (5)
Miami Dolphins (3)
New England Patriots (2)
New York Jets (2)

AFC East's undrafted rookies sorting out

April, 26, 2010
Who will be the next Wes Welker, Bart Scott or Davone Bess?

The final phase of draft weekend isn't running the vacuum cleaner in the war room on Saturday night. It's combing what's still left on the board and trying to sign the best leftovers to free-agent contracts. They can turn into starters -- and sometimes stars.

Teams can be slow to reveal the names of the rookie free agents they sign right after the draft, but Pro Football Weekly has kept an impressive, unofficial rundown from around the league. Here are the names PFW is reporting in the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

  • Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan receiver
  • Sergio Brown, Notre Dame safety
  • Dane Fletcher, Montana State outside linebacker
  • Kyle Love, Mississippi State defensive tackle
  • Pat Paschall, North Dakota State running back
  • Ross Ventrone, Villanova safety
  • John Wise, Illinois defensive lineman
New York Jets