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2013 Team Building: AFC East

2013 Team Building: AFC East
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2013 Team Building: AFC East

With the 2013 NFL regular season just weeks away from kickoff Spotrac Premium will take a quick glance back at the offseason that was from a team-to-team perspective. We'll provide a look at the overall spending, the type of spending, positional spending, and notable contracts associated.

Our 1st installment features the AFC East, a division that made plenty of noise in 2013 thusfar. The Miami Dolphins were the major players in free agency. While the Buffalo Bills raised plenty of eyebrows with their 1st round draft selection of QB E.J. Manuel - the first quarterback off the board. The Jets have taken plenty of shots to the jaw this offseason, and their quarterback competition remains one of the more compelling scenarios heading into Septemeber. And no team received more on and off field attention than the New England Patriots, who's roster has taken an unfortunate flip upside down quicker than anyone may have anticipated.

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New England Patriots
Total Spending: $212,620,926 (6th most)
Guaranteed: $70,457,143 (3rd most)

Free Agency: $89,775,000 (8th most)

The Patriots held a fairly balanced spending plan this offseason (nothing new), but made little to no "splashes" to combat some fairly notable losses to their roster. Of their 18 free agent signings, 10 were on the offensive side of the ball, 8 on the defensive. Most of their "new" signings directly replaced a loss: Amendola for Welker, Adrian Wilson for Patrick Chung, Will Svitek for Donald Thomas, etc.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Danny Amendola WR 5 $28,500,000
Kyle Arrington CB 4 $16,000,000
Sebastian Vollmer T 4 $16,750,000
Adrian Wilson S 3 $5,000,000

Waivers/Extensions: $73,338,000 (11th most)

Don't read too much into this number, as $70.6M of this figure accounts for the restructured extension of QB Tom Brady, who ripped up his 2013-14 figures to save the Patriots $8 million this year, and $7 million next. The only other waiver signing may prove key, as tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is now fighting for playing time at a quickly depleted position in New England.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Tom Brady QB 5 $70,600,000
Michael Hoomanawanui TE 1 $1,323,000

Draft: $19,731,926 (28th most)

The Patriots didn't select a player until #52 in the 2013 draft, and had no selections in the 5th or 6th round either, reducing their overall rookie draft pool. Combine that with a low draft spot, and the result is nearly half the spending of the other AFC East teams.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Jamie Collins OLB 4 $3,761,000
Aaron Dobson WR 4 $3,428,370
Logan Ryan CB 4 $2,773,252
Duron Harmon S 4 $2,711,100
Josh Boyce WR 4 $2,637,000
Michael Buchanan DE 4 $2,213,612
Steve Beauharnais ILB 4 $2,207,592
New York Jets
Total Spending: $82,553,727 (28th most)
Guaranteed: $25,172,741 (21st most)

Free Agency: $27,542,500 (23rd most)

In terms of formidable contracts, the Jets did absolutely nothing this offseason, signs not only of a team with no identity, but a team with no clear understanding of its future. Mike Goodson was brought in on fairly base terms to fill the spot vacated by Shonne Greene, but offseason nightmares have all but thwarted that dream. No other Jets signing cost more than $4 million in total value.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Mike Goodson RB 3 $6,900,000
Antwan Barnes OLB 3 $4,000,000
Dawan Landry S 2 $3,000,000

Waivers/Extensions Period: $17,521,000 (22nd most)

The Jets did due diligence during the waiver period, resigning a few internal players, and bringing in David Garrard to compete for the 2013 quarterback position.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Chris Ivory RB 3 $6,000,000
Austin Howard RT 1 $2,023,000
David Garrard QB 1 $1,100,000

Draft: $37,490,227 (6th most)

The Jets had a draft that could help to redefine themselves in the near future. Their two first round selections, while costly, replaced obvious gaps in their defense (Cornerback and Defensive End). And the 2nd round selection of QB Geno Smith put the current offense, notably Mark Sanchez, on red-level threat. The Jets used their cards to position themselves for higher draft picks, where talent is much cheaper than the free agent market these days.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Dee Millner CB 4 $12,661,000
Sheldon Richardson DE 4 $10,054,000
Geno Smith QB 4 $5,019,603
Brian Winters G 4 $2,903,876
Oday Aboushi LT 4 $2,359,000
William Campbell G 4 $2,270,500
Tommy Bohanon FB 4 $2,222,248
Buffalo Bills
Total Spending: $80,075,778 (29th most)
Guaranteed: $28,006,856 (19th most)

Free Agency: $25,170,000 (26th most)

The Bills made two free agent signings that directly impacted their offseason: QB Kevin Kolb, and LB Manny Lawson. Kolb will be vying for the starting job through the preseason, and Lawson becomes an immediate upgrade to the center of the defense.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Kevin Kolb QB 2 $6,100,000
Manny Lawson OLB 4 $12,000,000
Andre Branch DT 1 $3,000,000

Waivers/Extensions Period: $23,130,000 (19th most)

Just days before the free agency period begun the Bills struck a deal with cornerback Leodis McKelvin for 4 more years in Buffalo. They also brought back veteran LB Bryan Scott, and QB Tarvaris Jackson to compete this summer.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Leodis McKelvin CB 4 $17,000,000
Bryan Scott LB 1 $940,000
Tarvaris Jackson QB 1 $1,750,000

Draft: $30,290,778 (15th most)

As previously noted, the Bills finally took a leap toward securing their next franchise QB when they selected E.J. Manuel at #16.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
E.J. Manuel QB 4 $8,885,300
Robert Woods WR 4 $4,866,774
Kiko Alonso LB 4 $4,300,401
Marquise Goodwin WR 4 $2,758,876
Duke Williams S 4 $2,630,252
Johnathan Meeks S 4 $2,358,000
Dustin Hopkins K 4 $2,272,000
Chris Gragg TE 4 $2,219,175
Miami Dolphins
Total Spending: $286,417,324 (1st most)

Free Agency: $159,673,750 (1st most)
Guaranteed: $103,043,777 (Most)

The clear cut class of the year includes WR Mike Wallace, T Tyson Clabo, TE Dustin Keller, and LBs Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler. The Dolphins have paid for talent and experience - and must win quickly for it to pay off.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Mike Wallace WR 5 $60,000,000
Dannell Ellerbe ILB 5 $34,750,000
Philip Wheeler OLB 5 $26,000,000

Waivers/Extensions: $75,968,000 (10th most)

The Dolphins secured their slot receiver prior to free agency in giving Brian Hartline a 5 year contract. They also brought back their backup QB on a formidable $8 million contract. And possibly the most underrated move of their offseason includes the extension of breakout safety Reshad Jones.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Brian Hartline WR 5 $30,775,000
Reshad Jones S 4 $29,360,000
Matt Moore QB 2 $8,000,000

Draft: $41,936,574 (1st most)

One of the big day 1 splashes came from Miami, who jumped up to #3 to draft a monster of a pass rusher in Dion Jordan.

Notable Signings POS Years Total
Dion Jordan DE 4 $20,572,310
Jamar Taylor CB 4 $3,638,410
Dallas Thomas G 4 $2,951,158
Will Davis CB 4 $2,681,200
Jelani Jenkins OLB 4 $2,632,688
Dion Sims TE 4 $2,627,552
Mike Gillislee RB 4 $2,322,800
Caleb Sturgis K 4 $2,304,560
Don Jones S 4 $2,205,896