AFC East: Rod Graves

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
  • With all the issues surrounding the New England Patriots, New York Jets center Nick Mangold thinks Patriots coach Bill Belichick is “losing his mind.”
Morning take: Belichick strives for zero controversies and distractions in order to focus on football. That certainly hasn’t been the case the past few weeks with Aaron Hernandez’s legal issues, Rob Gronkowski’s health and the controversial addition of popular quarterback Tim Tebow.
  • Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers.
Morning take: Wake had 15 sacks last year and made the Pro Bowl. But what’s most impressive is he put up those numbers with little help and plenty of double teams. Miami got Wake more help this offseason with No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan.
Morning take: It seems that more NFL teams want to push the pace on offense. The Bills must get on the same page offensively first during the offseason. The last thing a team wants is quick three-and-outs.
  • How much of an impact does Rod Graves make with the New York Jets?
Morning take: Jets general manager John Idzik needed a right-hand man with a scouting background and Graves, his former boss, has plenty of it. Idzik was more of a cap guy in previous stops and again should work well with Graves.

The New York Jets and first-year general manager John Idzik made a significant front-office hire Monday in former Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves. In New York, Graves will serve as director of football administration.

But what does this hire mean for New York head coach Rex Ryan? I discuss this topic and more with NFC East blogger Dan Graziano in our latest Blogger Blitz.
Now that the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, the New York Jets are undergoing a major makeover in their front office.

The latest report comes from Jason La Canfora of, who reports New York will hire former Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves to join the team's front office. New York also didn’t renew the contracts of former Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen and former director of football administration Ari Nassim this week, according to

Changes to New York’s front office should not come as a surprise. First-year general manager John Idzik has made an immediate impact since joining the Jets. He started by cutting overpaid veterans to get under the salary cap. Then, Idzik made two major decisions: he traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis and cut popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Remaking the front office now is Idzik's next focus.

Graves brings a lot of experience to the Jets. He starting in the NFL in 1982 and worked with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and most recently the Cardinals.

Arizona-to-Miami pipeline about to gush?

February, 27, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves made some comments at the NFL scouting combine that should catch the attention of Dolfans.

Graves spoke about three Cardinals the Miami Dolphins could use: receiver Anquan Boldin, linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Antrel Rolle.

Boldin is under contract, but the Cardinals could trade him.

Graves fielded offers for Boldin last year, but wasn't motivated to deal him. This offseason should be different. Boldin is entering the final year of his contract and practically has begged the Cardinals to trade him for a year.

"Our approach with Anquan is really the same as it was last year," Graves said. "We will look at all the options and exploring and ultimately doing what is best for the team. From our perspective, nothing has changed. We still view Anquan as a valuable member of our football team, and we will weigh the options through the offseason and do what is best for our team."

As for Rolle, the Cardinals are hoping to work out a new contract. He's due a $4 million roster bonus next week with a base salary of $8.1 million. They might release him instead.

"We're going to try hard to get a contract in place with him before we have to make a decision about his contract," Graves said. "If not, we will continue to work with him and treat him as if he is a free agent we are pursuing.

"We've always been under the impression Antrel wanted to remain an Arizona Cardinal," Graves said. "We have been able to develop him and we have seen him develop into an outstanding player and we want to keep that relationship going.

"We're not looking to lose quality players, but again, all of those decisions have to make sense to us from a team standpoint. Obviously, he is a top priority."

Dansby's situation is much different. He will hit free agency on Friday.

Dansby would fill one of the Dolphins' primary needs at inside linebacker and listed the Dolphins among the handful of teams he would like to play for. He led the Cardinals with 113 tackles and recorded one sack, five tackles for losses, one interception and one forced fumble.

Graves sounded resigned to the fact Dansby would be playing elsewhere in 2010.

"We'd like to have Karlos back as a member of our football team, but it has to be a situation that makes sense for us," Graves said. "We have a lot of areas to address, and it has to be a situation that fits for us. We can't keep them all.

"Obviously we will come in with 53 players. I don't mean to be short about that, but we hope to replace him with equal quality or better."