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AFC Update: Bill Belichick, Jerod Mayo, Mike Vrabel, Bills, Dolphins, and Patriots

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  • According to Field Yates, Bills LB Leonard Floyd tied his career-high in sacks with 10.5 against the Cowboys and also earned a $1 million incentive from Buffalo for double-digit sacks for the season.


  • Dolphins HC Mike McDaniel on the performance by LB Bradley Chubb against the Jets: “He’s inspired to take his game to another level. It’s about the preparation. On game day yourself is absolutely good enough. He’s one of my favorite players on the team because of how important it is to him.” (Joe Schad)
  • McDaniel on if WR Tyreek Hill nearly played against the Jets: “It was a close decision but it was the best decision for the team and him. Collective decision. We want to protect players. Some decisions are hard but easy at the same time.” (Schad)


The future of Patriots HC Bill Belichick remains a hot topic in the league, given the state of the franchise and the increasing likelihood that major changes are coming to New England in the coming months.

  • A league executive tells Ben Volin of the Boston Globe that despite the interest in the future of Belichick, no one really knows what to expect at this point: “After chatting with guys here. I don’t think anyone really knows what’s going to happen.”
  • Sources have indicated to Volin that Belichick is tiring of owner Robert Kraft’s “increasing meddling”, which started with the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and the hiring of Bill O’Brien this past offseason.
  • Volin mentions the Patriots season has been bad enough that it has likely changed ownership’s plans, which could include Jerod Mayo, who was signed to a new contract last year and has been seen as a potential future head coach.
  • As for the possibility of pursuing a trade for Titans HC Mike Vrabel to return to New England, Volin spoke with three sources at the owners’ meetings who said they believe Vrabel is a possibility for the Patriots.
  • Volin believes a trade could cost the Patriots “at least a first-round pick.”
  • ESPN’s Mike Reiss notes extension talks between the Patriots and S Kyle Dugger this summer didn’t get a lot of traction, leading to the young safety preferring to test free agency this offseason.
  • Belichick was asked if CB J.C. Jackson was available against the Chiefs: “He wasn’t available. Leave it at that.” (Mike Reiss)

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