AFC East Blog
Wes Welker is meeting with the Miami Dolphins today. Perhaps he will reunite with the team that once traded him to the Patriots, launching his career. It was evident in 2014 that Welker had more than lost a step. He also has serious health concerns due to multiple concussions. It seems at this point that the Dolphins are bringing in just about every veteran wideout for an interview.
A source has told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that running back Stevan Ridley has decided to sign with the New York Jets, choosing them over the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. Ridley likely came cheap after he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee last year and is merely just a depth signing who has a skill set very similar to starting running back Chris Ivory. Ivory has dealt with injury issues in the past, completing only one full 16-game season through five NFL campaigns.
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly reaching out to teams around the league, trying to find out the cost to move up in the draft and acquire West Virginia wideout Kevin White. Wide receiver is one of the Dolphins' key needs, White is considered the top prospect by many. His style would mesh well with QB Ryan Tannehill. However, White is projected by some to be a top-five pick. With only six total picks in this year's draft, it may be difficult for Miami to jump up that high. The Dolphins are scheduled to pick 14th in the first round.
As reported on Tuesday, Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has been suspended one game for violating the league's substance abuse policy. However, he will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and play in preseason games. He should be ready to go beginning in Week 2.
After losing cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner via free agency, the Patriots need someone to fill some big shoes in their secondary. Patriots star DE Chandler Jones thinks that man can be Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler.
"We're always preaching about, 'It's not who we don't have, but it's who we have.'" Jones explained. "I know you guys only heard of Malcolm Butler during the whole Super Bowl thing and that big play, but Malcolm has been making plays for us the whole season in practice, and he's been getting good looks for us. So I'm excited for him to step up as one of the impact players as well."
The Miami Dolphins signed center Mike Pouncey to a five-year extension worth $52.15 million with $22 million guaranteed Saturday, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL. Pouncey played guard last season and struggled a bit after missing the first four games of the season as he recovered from hip surgery. The Dolphins plan to move him back to his natural position of center in 2015.
Running back Stevan Ridley is reportedly expected to join the Jets at their offseason program soon, and "he should be ready to go for training camp," a source has told Jets reporter Rich Cimini. The Jets appear to be very optimistic about Ridley's rehab. Nearly five months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL, it looks like Ridley will be ready for the start of the season.