AFC East: Quentin Moses

Look at free agency under proposed CBA

June, 21, 2011
ESPN's reports from Chicago indicate the latest labor proposal would allow players to become unrestricted free agents after four seasons.

That would clarify the market whenever it opens. Rules for the uncapped 2010 campaign didn't allow for unfettered free agency unless a player had been in the league six seasons. Any player with an expired contract and fewer than six years of experience was a restricted free agent, allowing teams to place qualifying tenders on them and receive compensation if another club tried to sign them.

Now it looks like players will be up for grabs -- with former teams receiving no compensation -- after four seasons.

Here are the AFC East players who would've been restricted with the six-year threshold but unrestricted at four years:

Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

Mankins' situation remains uncertain because we don't know if franchise-tag rules will remain in place under the next CBA. They probably will, meaning Mankins should be back with the Patriots in 2011.

Hoop it up: an All-AFC East pickup game

August, 15, 2010
You've probably heard Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall has hoop dreams.

In the event of a lockout next year, Marshall intends to play shooting guard for the Denver Nuggets. If not the Nuggets, he'll join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with the Miami Heat.

The first thought that entered my mind was that Marshall has as much of a shot as Uncle Rico did of playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Then I realized Marshall might not be the best basketball player on the Dolphins' roster.

With that in mind, I came up with a list of AFC East players with better basketball pedigrees than Marshall's.

But before you read the rundown, check out TrueHoop writer Kevin Arnovitz's scouting report from Marshall's glory days at Lake Howell High, including an attempt to swipe a can of Pepsi off the rim and take a swing before his feet touched down in a dunk contest.

Erik Ainge, 6-foot-5 Jets quarterback: Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American in high school. ... Father played basketball at Brigham Young. ... Uncle Danny played for the Boston Celtics and now runs the team.

Ikaika Alama-Francis, 6-foot-5 Dolphins outside linebacker: Was recruited by Division I programs, but stayed home to play basketball as a walk-on at the University of Hawaii.

Demetrius Bell, 6-foot-5 Bills tackle: Attended Northwestern State on a basketball scholarship and played three seasons. ... Son of NBA legend Karl Malone and half-brother of former WNBA star Cheryl Ford.

James Hardy, 6-foot-5 Bills receiver: Played in 23 games and started three as a freshman at Indiana University in 2004-05. ... Rated 78th best prep player in the country for Fort Wayne Elmhurst.

Joey Haynos, 6-foot-8 Dolphins tight end: Turned down scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina and Campbell to walk on the Maryland football team.

Quentin Moses, 6-foot-5 Dolphins outside linebacker: All-state hoopster in Georgia. Briefly played on the University of Georgia basketball team before focusing solely on football.

Randy Moss, 6-foot-4 Patriots receiver: A two-time West Virginia high school player of the year. He played briefly in the NBA's summer league in 2000 and the United States Basketball League in 2001.

Darrelle Revis, 5-foot-11 Jets cornerback: First-team all-state point guard for Aliquippa High in Pennsylvania. ... Recruited to play basketball for Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and others.

Jason Taylor, 6-foot-6 Jets outside linebacker: Played basketball as a sophomore at University of Akron. Started or was first man off the bench as a power forward, averaging eight points and 5.4 rebounds.

AFC East links: Brohm says he's ready

July, 6, 2010
Buffalo Bills

Quarterback Brian Brohm says he feels like he's prepared to compete for the starting job. "I've had two years in the NFL to get used to everything and get myself prepared," Brohm said. "I feel like I can fully compete for this starting job. I feel like I'm ready to take charge out there. We'll see what happens. But I feel like I'm at a position where I'll be able to put my best foot forward and make a legitimate run at the starting job."

Miami Dolphins

With Jason Taylor, Joey Porter and Matt Roth all gone, the Dolphins need Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson, Quentin Moses and Erik Walden to step up their game as pass-rushers.

Wake sounds like a guy who is prepared to do just that.

New England Patriots

Jeff Howe of cites poor play calling as one of the reasons New England's offense struggled last season.

Despite losing a few starters in free agency, John Clayton says the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC East.

New York Jets

According to the New York Daily News, quarterback JaMarcus Russell is no longer on the Jets' radar.

Caylan Davis of analyzes LaDainian Tomlinson's Super Bowl prediction.

Dolphins take OLB Misi with 40th pick

April, 23, 2010
The Miami Dolphins called Utah outside linebacker Koa Misi with the 40th selection of the draft.

Why they took him: The Dolphins need help with their pass rush. They cut outside linebacker Joey Porter, and Jason Taylor this week signed a free-agent deal with the New York Jets.

Where he fits: The Dolphins' outside linebackers are serviceable, but there are no stars. On the depth chart are Cameron Wake, Charlie Anderson and Quentin Moses.

Scouts Inc. says: Physical and has shown the ability reroute tight ends at the line of scrimmage on film. Reason to be optimistic about ability to develop serviceable underneath man-to-man cover skills. While listed at 263 pounds on roster weighed 244 pounds at the Senior Bowl and appeared more fluid there than he did on film. Adequate range in zone coverage but doesn't appear fast enough on film to consistently turn and run with NFL tight ends and backs. Greatest strength is rushing the passer. Doesn't have elite closing speed but quicker than fast. Uses hands to prevent tackle from locking on to frame, gets underneath outside shoulder and then bends back inside. Flashes the ability to get under offensive tackle and drive them back into the quarterback's lap. Gets hands up when sees quarterback start throwing motion and times jumps fairly well. Has ample experience rushing out of a two-point stance.

Tidying up the AFC East tenders

March, 5, 2010
The Miami Dolphins were the lone AFC East club not to distribute a news release on the qualifying offers they tendered to their free agents.

After the free-agency signing period began at midnight, the NFL posted the official list.

So, for the record, I give you the Dolphins' tenders.

If another team signs one of the following restricted free agents to an offer sheet and the Dolphins decline to match, then these are the draft considerations the Dolphins would receive as compensation:

Also, the Buffalo Bills announced the players they tendered Thursday, but didn't reveal the picks. Here they are, courtesy of the NFL:

AFC East: Free-agency primer

March, 4, 2010
Buffalo Bills

Potential unrestricted free agents: DE Ryan Denney, LB Chris Draft, DB Todd Johnson, G Seth McKinney, WR Terrell Owens, WR Josh Reed, S Bryan Scott, G Kendall Simmons, LB Josh Stamer.

Potential restricted free agents: LB Keith Ellison, QB Gibran Hamdan, G Richie Incognito, TE Joe Klopfenstein, TE Derek Schouman, T Jonathan Scott, S George Wilson, CB Ashton Youboty.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Bills are in a rebuilding mode and shouldn't be in too much of a hurry to sign their free agents. In fact, they took the unusual step of publicly announcing they wouldn't offer Owens, Reed or Denney contracts. The most attractive players are Incognito and Wilson. Most of the rest were bit players and injury replacements.

Miami Dolphins

Potential unrestricted free agents: NT Jason Ferguson, CB Nate Jones, QB Chad Pennington, OLB Jason Taylor.

Potential restricted free agents: RB Ronnie Brown, TE Anthony Fasano, OLB Quentin Moses.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: The Dolphins have a tough decision to make on Ferguson. He'll turn 36 during the 2010 season and is coming off a serious quadriceps injury. Without him, however, the Dolphins have a massive void in their 3-4 defense at a position that's difficult to replace. Pennington, Jones and Taylor all could be gone.

New England Patriots

Potential unrestricted free agents: OLB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Leigh Bodden, OLB Derrick Burgess, RB Kevin Faulk, DE Jarvis Green, P Chris Hanson, G Stephen Neal, ILB Junior Seau, TE Benjamin Watson.

Potential restricted free agents: K Stephen Gostkowski, G Logan Mankins, OLB Pierre Woods.

Franchise player: NT Vince Wilfork.

What to expect: Several starters are about to go up for bids, and the Patriots can't keep them all. Expect Faulk to be re-signed without much fuss. Neal, Bodden and Banta-Cain comprise a group they'd have trouble replacing. All three could fetch offers the Patriots would rather not match. Don't count on Watson coming back.

New York Jets

Potential unrestricted free agents: LS James Dearth, DE Marques Douglas, K Jay Feely, LB Ryan Fowler, TE Ben Hartsock, LB Larry Izzo, FB Tony Richardson.

Potential restricted free agents: QB Kellen Clemens, CB Drew Coleman, WR Braylon Edwards, DT Howard Green, T Wayne Hunter, WR Brad Smith, S Eric Smith, RB Leon Washington.

Franchise player: None.

What to expect: As a "final eight" team, the Jets have to window shop until one of their UFAs sign elsewhere. General manager Mike Tannenbaum is creative. Don't be surprised if the Jets use trades to upgrade. The key restricted free agent to monitor will be Washington, who received a second-round tender. His agent has been tweeting alarms the Pro Bowler could sign an offer sheet and dare the Jets to match.

Dolphins-Patriots inactives

November, 8, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- No surprises on the inactive list for Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots

Greetings from Dolphins-Jets II

November, 1, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's another gray game day at the Meadowlands, which has been the norm so far this season.

Conditions are cool and breezy but quite pleasant at almost 60 degrees. If the sun were to cut through the haze, it would be a beautiful afternoon for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets to square off for the second time in three weeks.

Two changes to the Dolphins' starting lineup has been announced in the press box. Ted Ginn, due to his ongoing bout with the dropsies, has been replaced by Brian Hartline at one of the receiver spots. Reggie Torbor will start in place of injured Channing Crowder at inside linebacker.

Here are the inactives:

Miami Dolphins
New York Jets

Good afternoon from Land Shark Stadium

October, 25, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- The sun is shining at Land Shark Stadium, but conditions will be muggy for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins.

The temperature as of this posting is 81 degrees, and the humidity is 73 percent. Industrial-sized fans already are blowing on the sidelines.

No big surprises on the Dolphins' inactive list, but rookie safety Chris Clemons, a fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson, will make his NFL debut.

Here are the scratches from each team's lineup:

New Orleans Saints
Miami Dolphins

A brow-wiping hello from Land Shark Stadium

October, 12, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- Man, is it hot.

Even by South Florida standards in October, it's muggy for Monday night's game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in Land Shark Stadium.

The high was 91 degrees, and it should be around 85 degrees for kickoff. The humidity as I type this is 69 percent.

Among the most significant pregame updates are Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery and Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter have been given the green light and will start.

Both were listed as questionable because of hamstring injuries. Porter missed last week's victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Inactives for the game:

New York Jets
Miami Dolphins

Dolphins free-agency dossier

January, 16, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

Compared to the other AFC East clubs, the Miami Dolphins don't have many free agents to worry about. But almost every one was a significant contributor to their 11-5 season last year, and most were starters.

Five of their seven unrestricted free agents accounted for 70 starts.

The other two are center Al Johnson, who joined the team in November and was a versatile reserve, and return specialist Tab Perry, who spent the season on injured reserve.

The Dolphins are about $25 million to $27 million under the salary cap.

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with other teams beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Dolphins have right to match offer from other team)

  • None

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)

Ravens-Dolphins inactives

January, 4, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

MIAMI -- No surprises on the inactive list for Sunday's wild-card playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.

Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins

Crowder, Allen will play for Dolphins

December, 28, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Greetings from balmy Giants Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins can claim the AFC East title with a victory over the New York Jets. Conditions are warm and windy, but nothing like the tornadic gusts at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

There are no surprise scratches for Sunday's showdown. The Dolphins will have both linebacker Channing Crowder and cornerback Will Allen, who missed considerable practice time this week but will dress.

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Emptying the AFC East mailbag

August, 2, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

New York Jets fans evidently are realists. They have zero faith their team can pull off a trade for Brett Favre based on what turned up in my mailbag this week.

Nary a Favre question.

So allow me to present your Favre-free AFC East mailbag ...

Justin in Los Angeles writes: Based on what you see at Jets camp is there a guy there that can be a good option, aside from Chad? There are whispers of the 3rd sting guy showing life ... obviously no Favre ... what do you think?

Tim Graham: I'm just getting to Jets camp, but from what I've heard, Brett Ratliff was having a solid camp until a couple days ago, when he started throwing interceptions. But Ratliff is trying to beat out fifth-round pick Erik Ainge for the third slot. That's the extent of that.

The Jets' QB battle will come down to Chad Pennington's experience versus Kellen Clemens' potential -- or a trade.

Jehrid in Buffalo writes: With the Bills revamping their defense, do you think the offense will be good enough for a playoff birth this year?

Tim Graham: The most popular question in this week's mailbag dealt with the Bills' chances for the playoffs. So thanks to everyone for sending in their questions. I apologize I didn't answer each one. That would get a tad redundant.

So my answer to Jehrid is that Buffalo's offense absolutely is sufficient. I'm predicting a playoff berth for the Bills this year. Unless there's a distressful injury, the offense should be effective enough. RB Marshawn Lynch is a horse. Another sophomore, QB Trent Edwards, is the unquestioned starter. WR Lee Evans is an overlooked stud. New offensive coordinator Turk Schonert plans to open up the playcalling with more downfield plays, but he'll need to get his TEs more involved.

Tom in Buffalo writes: With the Jason Peters situation looking very grim, what does the Bills' offensive line look like at the tackle spot? Also, how much does this hurt the offense as long as Peters comes back before the end of camp?

Tim Graham: This is the X-factor for the Bills' hopes. LT Jason Peters is a veteran and an elite performer at his position. He can afford to miss all of camp if he's staying in shape. Langston Walker will hold down Peters' position for now.

Chris in Spencer, Mass., writes: I would love to see Chad Jackson step it up this year, do you think he will? Also, From what I've heard, Jerod Mayo is beasting it up in training camp. How long do you think it will take for him to crack the starting lineup?

Tim Graham: WR Chad Jackson has the ability, but there's so much talent ahead of him, the opportunities will be scarce. I was in Foxborough for a few days and wouldn't describe ILB Jerod Mayo as "beasting it up." He still has a lot to learn for that position, but he does possess all the physical tools.

Alan in West Palm Beach, Fla., writes: Who do you think is the Dolphins top pick for QB? I really want them to stick with either Henne or Beck and move on from picking up tired old men who are a few years away from being eligible for Medicare.

Tim Graham: John Beck has looked miserable through the first week of camp. Chad Henne has been decent, but Josh McCown is the odds-on favorite to start Week 1.

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