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BUFFALO BILLS
Added: FB Patrick DiMarco (ATL) Dolphins Jerome Baker Jersey , DB Micah Hyde (GB), FB Mike Tolbert (CAR), G Vlad Ducasse (BAL)
Lost: CB Stephon Gilmore (NE), WR Marquise Goodwin (SF), WR Robert Woods (LAR)
Re-signed: OLB Lorenzo Alexander, OT Jordan Mills

Gilmore wasn’t worth to the Bills what he’s worth to the Patriots because the Bills, under new head coach Sean McDermott, will employ a lot of traditional zone coverages. (The Patriots, on the other hand, play more man-to-man.) The more interesting move is adding not one, but two fullbacks—and probably the best two from the NFC last year. DiMarco will help on base downs; Tolbert will help on passing downs. QB Tyrod Taylor is not a fast field-reader and needs extra time in the pocket. Having a third-down back with Tolbert’s blocking prowess will help.

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Added: S Nate Allen (OAK), LB Lawrence Timmons (PIT), DE William Hayes (LAR) Dolphins Mike Gesicki Jersey , TE Anthony Fasano (TEN), TE Julius Thomas (trade from JAX)
Lost: TE Dion Sims (CHI)
Re-signed: DE Andre Branch, S Reshad Jones, WR Kenny Stills, DT Earl Mitchell (SF), OT Branden Albert (trade to JAX)

Shoddy inside linebacker play was a big issue for this defense last season. Timmons gives them an attack-minded veteran. He’s a more instinctive player than intellectual one; it may take him some time to adjust to new surroundings. Fortunately, new D coordinator Matt Burke will run a traditional zone scheme, which any veteran, and especially one who still moves as well as Timmons, should pick up smoothly.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Added: CB Stephon Gilmore (BUF), TE Dwayne Allen (trade from IND), WR Brandin Cooks (trade from NO), DE Lawrence Guy (BAL) Dolphins Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey , DE Kony Ealy (trade from CAR)
Lost: TE Martellus Bennett (GB), CB Logan Ryan (TEN), DE Jabaal Sheard (IND)
Re-signed: DT Alan Branch, S Duron Harmon

Adding the quick, speedy Cooks makes this a scarier offense than it was a year ago—especially when you consider that Rob Gronkowski (if healthy) will also be impacting safeties in the middle of the field. That said, you have to question paying Dwayne Allen $5 million over the next two years rather than choosing to pay Bennett, who signed with Green Bay for an average of $7 million a year. Allen is flexible as a move-blocker, but he isn’t a major receiving threat from the slot or especially out wide. He doesn’t provide as much formational diversity as Bennett would have.

NEW YORK JETS
Added: OT Kelvin Beachum (JAX)
Lost: WR Brandon Marshall (NYG), C Nick Mangold (released), OT Ryan Clady (released), CB Darrelle Revis (released)

The Jets still haven’t found someone to replace Revis. That’s a concern because Todd Bowles can’t run his full blitz-intensive system without a top-shelf cover corner.


AFC NORTH
BALTIMORE RAVENS
Added: S Tony Jefferson (ARI), RB Danny Woodhead (SD/LAC)
Lost: FB Kyle Juszczyk (SF), RT Ricky Wagner (DET), FS Lardarius Webb (released), OLB Elvis Dumervil (released)
Re-signed: DT Brandon Williams

The addition of Jefferson is offset a little by the release of Webb. Yes, Webb’s release created $5.5 million in cap space, but he had blossomed into one of the rangier free safeties in the sport. His cornerbacking background also provided the unique flexibility to drop down and cover the slot. Having a safety trio of him, Jefferson and Eric Weddle would have allowed for a scheme with almost no boundaries on its flexibility and disguises. But money was limited, and adding Jefferson certainly makes for more schematic diversity. Overall, still not a bad move by the Ravens.

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Added: none
Lost: LB Karlos Dansby (ARI), LT Andrew Whitworth (LAR), G Kevin Zeitler (CLE), DT Domata Peko (DEN)
Re-signed: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, WR Brandon LaFell

On the dark side: yes, Whitworth and Zeitler were the only two consistent pieces on an offensive line that surprisingly struggled throughout 2016. If callow third-year tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher don’t take big steps forward, it will be difficult for Cincy’s entire offense to function. On the bright side: Kirkpatrick and LaFell were two players the Bengals needed to retain#4# and it wasn’t a sure thing that they would. Kirkpatrick is long and flexible. LaFell is not a dynamic weapon, but he’s revered as a leader and, within the context of Cincy’s scheme, can produce on in-breaking routes (like skinny posts and slants).


CLEVELAND BROWNS
Added: WR Kenny Britt (LAR), C J.C. Tretter (GB), G Kevin Zeitler (CIN), QB Brock Osweiler (trade from Houston)
Lost: WR Terrelle Pryor (WAS)

So you essentially pay $16 million for what’s likely to be a late second-round pick in 2018 as part of the Osweiler trade, but you won’t pay half of that to retain an uber-athletic 27-year-old wide receiver whom you invested significant man hours and resources in developing? Unless the Browns know something about Pryor that we don’t, letting him walk to Washington for $8 million is as dumb as it gets. He has the raw talent to be a true No. 1. Maybe he’s still a ways off from that, but at the start of last season he was a guy who could only line up wide and run post patterns..

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