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How the AFC East has changed after free agency


It's been nearly three weeks since the 2018 NFL free agency period kicked off. By now, you're fully aware of all the moves the Bills have made. So, here's a refresher on how the three remaining teams in the AFC East have rebuilt their rosters.

Miami Dolphins

Headline move: The Dolphins parted ways with Ndamukong Suh, who had the largest cap figure on the roster. By moving the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Miami cleared up $17 million in cap space.

New additions: WR Danny Amendola, RB Frank Gore, C Danny Kilgore (trade), QB Brock Osweiler, OT Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn (trade), WR Albert Wilson.

Departures: WR Jarvis Landry (trade), C Mike Pouncey, DT Ndamukong Suh, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons, RB Damien Williams. 

Bottom line: Miami moved high-priced vets off their roster and reloaded at wide receiver in an effort to help wayward quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The MMQB’s Albert Breer had this to say about the Dolphins recent roster moves and their attempt at a culture change.

*So Ndamukong Suh (who had a reputation for being worried about himself and not much else), Jarvis Landry (who was unpredictable day-to-day) and Jay Ajayi (traded in midseason and seen as another me-first guy) are gone, and in their place are players like Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson, Robert Quinn, Josh Sitton and Frank Gore, guys the Dolphins had solid background on and felt like they could count on. Was it a little expensive? Sure. Did some good talent walk out the door? Yup. *

New England Patriots

Headline move: The Patriots signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn, a former first-round pick, to a two-year, $10 million contract. Clayborn had a career-high in sacks (9.5) in 2017 and will aid New England's defense that struggled a season ago, ranking 18th in sacks (35), 20th in rushing yards per game (114.8), and 30th in passing yards per game (251).

New additions: DE Adrian Clayborn, RB Jeremy Hill, CB Jason McCourty (trade), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (trade), DT Danny Shelton (trade), OT Matt Tobin.

Departures: WR Danny Amendola, TE Martellus Bennett, CB Malcolm Butler, OT Cameron Fleming, RB Dion Lewis, LT Nate Solder.

Bottom line: A handful of former Pats, who were instrumental in New England's back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl in 2017 and 2018, found new homes in this year's free agency. Still, the team managed to swing some deals to counter the loss of talent.

New York Jets

Headline move:The Jets jumped all over cornerback Trumaine Johnson in free agency, inking him to a hefty five-year, $72.5 million deal. Johnson joins safety Jamal Adams, CB Morris Claiborne, and safety Marcus Maye in New York's stout secondary.

New additions: QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Isaiah Crowell, CB Trumaine Johnson, C Spencer Long, WR Terrelle Pryor, RB Thomas Rawls, WR Andre Roberts, K Cairo Santos, LB Avery Williamson.

Departures: K Chandler Catanzaro, LB Demario Davis, DE Kony Ealy, LB Julian Stanford, DE Muhammad Wilkerson.

Bottom line: The Jets had heaps of money entering free agency and they used a good amount of it to rebuild their roster, mostly adding youth opposed to long-term deals. Now, they'll direct their attention to the 2018 NFL Draft, where they own the third overall pick after a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts.

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