The Miami Dolphins re-signed backup offensive tackle Jason Fox to a two-year contract Thursday, the team announced. The total value of the contract is $2.5 million, a source confirmed.

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Fox adds value to Miami because he can play both left tackle and right tackle. Last season, Fox filled finished the season as the Dolphins’ starting right tackle for the final two games after Dallas Thomas was injured.

“We are excited that we have reached an agreement with Jason to keep him with the Miami Dolphins,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said in a statement. “He was a very positive addition for us last season, both on the field and in the community.”

Fox currently is projected to be Miami's third offensive tackle behind starters Branden Albert and Ja'Wuan James.
The Miami Dolphins reportedly are one of several teams with a chance to land huge free-agent prize Ndamukong Suh. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle is expected to get the biggest offseason contract in free agency this year that could start at approximately $15 million per year or more.

 But Thursday's news of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots not picking up defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's option for 2015 is an interesting curveball. Wilfork will become a free agent on Monday and is a significant addition to the market at defensive tackle, which is one of Miami's biggest needs.

Could Wilfork fit with the Dolphins? He is certainly a more cost-effective option than Suh.

Wilfork, 33, is no longer in the prime of his career and can be signed on a short-term contract. The market for Wilfork will not be nearly as busy at Suh's market. An educated guess is Wilfork could garner a two- or three-year contract ranging about $5-$7 million per season. Suh will require double or even triple the annual salary and a longer-term deal.

Wilfork also is a Boynton Beach, Florida native and played his college football for the Miami Hurricanes. He knows South Florida well, and the Dolphins could provide an opportunity for Wilfork to finish his career at home. Another good selling point is Wilfork spent his entire career in the AFC East with the Patriots and knows the division well. He recorded 47 tackles for the reigning Super Bowl champions last season and still has something left in the tank.

However, there are questions about this scenario. After winning two Super Bowls in New England, does he want to play for a mediocre team like the Dolphins at the tail end of his career? Miami went 8-8 the past two seasons, and there is a huge gap between the Dolphins and Patriots. Wilfork said in the past that he does not like the rival Dolphins. There’s also the possibility that Wilfork can return to New England at a discounted rate.

The Dolphins were 24th against the run last season and need help at defensive tackle. Suh clearly is the top of the market and where Miami could start in free agency. But Wilfork would not be a bad fallback option in free agency.
John Idzik’s "potential coup" -- last season’s acquisition of Percy Harvin -- has left his successor, Mike Maccagnan, with a fascinating and complex decision, one that will require input from different branches of the New York Jets' organization.

Before we jump into the pros and cons of keeping Harvin, let’s review the facts:

Harvin has four years, $41.5 million remaining on his contract, none of which is guaranteed. That includes a $10.5 million base salary for the coming season. If Harvin is on the roster March 19, the conditional draft pick owed to the Seattle Seahawks escalates from a sixth-round choice to a fourth rounder. If they cut him before the 19th, the compensation is simply a sixth rounder in next month’s draft.

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Frederick Breedon/Getty ImagesPercy Harvin has four years and $41.5 million left on his contract, none of which is guaranteed.
Basically, the Jets have three options. Let’s examine, looking at the positives and negatives in each scenario.

1. Keep him under his current contract

You could argue that the Jets, with a dearth of playmakers on offense, should do whatever they can to keep talented players, not toss them out. Because the salary isn’t guaranteed, they would essentially be signing up for one year, with the ability to cut him if, say, he reverts to his disruptive ways of the past. There is no long-term commitment, which might be the way to go with a player who wore out his welcome with two teams previously.

The Jets also must consider how Harvin might fit into Chan Gailey’s scheme. This is where Maccagnan must lean on his coaching staff for input. If Gailey installs a spread offense, as many suspect, it would be a nice fit with Harvin’s skill set. He’s at his best in a short-passing game, making yards after the catch. He could line up anywhere in the formation, creating matchup problems for the defense.

With more than $50 million in cap space, the Jets can easily swallow the salary.

Analysis: At $10.5 million, Harvin would be the highest-paid player on the team in terms of 2015 compensation. That’s out of whack.

2. Keep him with a restructured contract

Harvin wants no part of a pay cut, presumably because he believes he can fetch at least $10.5 million on the open market. He would be amenable to a simple restructuring, meaning the conversion of salary into signing bonus.

In other words, they could cut his base pay to $870,000, the veterans’ minimum, giving him the difference ($9.63 million) in the form of a signing bonus. That would allow them to pro-rate the bonus over the four years of the contract, lowering his cap number this year to a palatable $3.28 million.

There’s a downside, though. By doing this, the Jets would be sinking money into Harvin beyond 2015 (with regard to the cap) and that could come back to bite them. If they decide in a year to cut Harvin, they would get hit with his bonus acceleration in 2016, a cap charge of $7.2 million (pre-June 1).

By then, he will have cost the Jets a total of $17.6 million (salaries for ’14 and ’15) and a fourth-round pick for 24 games (assuming he plays every game). That’s not a cost-effective way of doing business.

To Harvin’s credit, he was a model teammate last season, as he tried to squash his reputation for being a divisive influence. He played hurt and he adapted nicely to a new environment and a new offense. Cynics will say he was on his best behavior because of the financial motivation. Will he revert to the old Percy if he scores the $10.5 million salary? That, no doubt, will be part of Maccagnan’s decision.

One thing to remember: The Jets have two forms of leverage. Under the current contract, they can cut Harvin with no salary-cap ramifications. They also can benefit from the timing of the deadline -- March 19, one week into free agency. By then, the big money will have been spent on other receivers. The Jets can hurt his negotiating position in the open market by holding on to him until March 18.

Analysis: If the Jets guarantee $10.5 million, which is what they would be doing by restructuring the remaining four years, they would be looking at least a two-year commitment because of the cap situation. That would be risky, considering his checkered background.

3. Release him

Unless Harvin is willing to take a straight pay cut, this probably will be the outcome. They would lose a starting receiver with tantalizing skills, but we’re talking about a player who has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season.

His recent production (52 catches over the past two seasons) doesn’t justify an exorbitant cap charge ($10.5 million) or his average per year ($10.4 million). The Jets have the cap space, but they evidently don’t feel he’s worth the big number, as Maccagnan hinted recently that they might ask him to restructure. Teams don’t like to overpay if they can help it.

The other layer to the decision is the draft-pick compensation. For a rebuilding team like the Jets, a fourth-round pick has value. It’s a potential starter, a cost-effective player whose rights they would own for four years. If the Jets have concerns about Harvin’s long-term viability, they should cut bait, surrender the sixth rounder and call it a day. It wouldn’t make sense to part with a fourth-round pick for what could be a one-year proposition.

What’s more, they could replace him via the draft. It’s another terrific draft for receivers, and there is a good chance they would get one of the top two receivers -- Amari Cooper or Kevin White -- with the sixth overall pick.

Analysis: The Jets should try to sign a starting-caliber receiver during the first week of free agency. If they find one, the Harvin decision is academic. It probably would cost more than $10.5 million, but they would feel more comfortable in the long term and would still have their fourth-round pick.
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The Buffalo Bills' flurry of trade activity this week shook up parts of their roster and have shifted some of the team's top needs as they enter free agency and the draft.

The impact is most pronounced on offense, so let's break down that side of the ball, position by position:

Quarterbacks (3): Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel
Draft need: Moderate
Free-agency need: Moderate
Analysis: I had the draft need at this position as "high" in January. With Cassel in the fold, there's some pressure off the Bills to add an arm to this group, but they could still find a suitable third option in the draft. Free agency is also still an option, since cutting Cassel before the start of the regular season would cost the Bills less than $1 million against their salary cap.

Running backs (4): LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown
Draft need: Moderate to low
Free-agency need: Low
Analysis: I had the draft need at this position as "moderate" in January. It's a deep running back class, so there's still a chance the Bills will pluck one off the board in the later rounds. In that case, Brown could be fighting for a roster spot this summer.

Fullbacks (1): Corey Knox
Draft need: Moderate to low
Free-agency need: Moderate
Analysis: Knox is a University at Buffalo product who is a long shot to make the roster. After phasing out Frank Summers last season, the Bills used Marqueis Gray as a fullback/H-back but are in search of a true fullback this offseason. Fullbacks aren't often drafted, so the Bills could find one elsewhere, whether it's undrafted or veteran free agency.

Wide receivers (9): Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Thigpen, Deonte Thompson, Justin Brown, Caleb Holley, Tobais Palmer
Draft need: Moderate to low
Free-agency need: Moderate to low
Analysis: I pegged the draft need at this position as "low" in January. On second thought, it could be higher. Even though Greg Roman's offense won't use multiple receivers as often as other schemes, the Bills could upgrade from Hogan while Goodwin enters a make-or-break season. I don't think it would be wise to use a second- or third-round pick on a receiver after devoting so many draft resources to this position in recent years, but a late-round pick won't hurt.

Tight ends (4): Scott Chandler, Chris Gragg, Marqueis Gray, Chris Manhertz
Draft need: High
Free-agency need: High
Analysis: This is now the Bills' biggest need across the entire roster. Roman's offense uses a large dose of multiple-tight-end formations, just as Nate Hackett's offense did last season. Expect defenses to stack the box and try to shut down the Bills' running game -- forcing whoever is at quarterback to pass -- so having a better core group of tight ends is key. There are capable options available in free agency (Charles Clay, Jordan Cameron, Jermaine Gresham, etc.) and the draft (Maxx Williams, Clive Walford, etc.). It wouldn't be surprising if the Bills double-dipped.

Offensive tackles (4): Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Chris Hairston (restricted free agent), Cyrus Kouandjio
Draft need: Moderate to low
Free-agency need: Moderate
Analysis: In order to make their "ground-and-pound" approach work, the Bills need a better offensive line. Ideally, Glenn would play right tackle and the Bills would upgrade at left tackle, but given their limited draft picks and a lack of top offensive tackles on the free-agent market, that isn't likely to happen. I still wouldn't rule out an upgrade at right tackle, where Henderson started 16 games last season but was still part of a poor overall unit. Adding another draft choice here would be tough, as Henderson and Kouandjio both were selected last season.

Interior offensive line (9): Eric Wood, Chris Williams, Richie Incognito, Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson, William Campbell, D.J. Morrell, Darryl Johnson, Alex Kupper
Draft need: Moderate to high
Free-agency need: Moderate to high
Analysis: If the Bills want to part ways with Urbik and clear some cap room, they could be waiting until next week, the start of the new league year, to do it. Releasing Urbik and designating him as a post-June 1 cut would spread his "dead money" over two years, giving the Bills more cap room this year. If they felt strongly about moving on from Williams, they could also designate him as a post-June 1 cut and clear nearly $2 million off their 2015 cap. That would clear the way for Incognito to start at one guard spot and potentially a free agent to start at the other spot. I think it's unlikely the Bills will be able to sign Mike Iupati, but cutting Williams and Urbik would be one way to make it happen.
A sampling of reactions on Twitter regarding the news that New England Patriots will not pick up the contract option of Vince Wilfork:

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a guest on ESPN Radio's "SVP and Russillo" program on Wednesday, with part of the discussion tied to the ESPN Madden Ultimate Team vote.

But things started with what Gronkowski has been doing since the Patriots' victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

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"When you win the Super Bowl, it changes lives," Gronkowski said on the program. "It's been very cool, but I was also [part of] a Super Bowl loss, when we lost three years ago. I can tell you this, winning it is a lot, lot different than losing it. It's been a great time. Pretty awesome."

Asked if there was one moment in which he thought,"I'll remember that forever," Gronkowski picked the celebratory parade.

"I didn't really know what it was going to be like, what I was really getting myself into. I didn't know duck boat rides were four miles with thousands and thousands of people [cheering]," he said.

A few other sound bites from Gronkowski:

Selecting his Madden team, which includes Tom Brady and himself: "It was pretty cool to pick these teams. There are so many legendary players out there, it was kind of hard. Sometimes you went with your favorite player who was on your team growing up that you like to watch, but obviously I had to pick my first choice, which is the best QB ever, Tom [Brady]."

Calling Brady in the offseason and what those conversations are like: "It's like a work atmosphere. Call him up, see where he's at and see if he wants to throw the ball around a little bit. Whenever you meet up with Tom, you always know you're going to be working -- at least for an hour or two on the field. You know you can always count on that."

What it's been like since the Super Bowl: "It's been a little crazy, a lot of fun. I'm just enjoying the time, celebrating with my teammates, my family and friends. Basically just enjoying the time off because you go through the grind for seven months straight, so you kind of sit back, relax, have some free time to yourself, so it's been cool."
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Well, nobody will accuse the Buffalo Bills of being boring this offseason.

Less than 24 hours after swinging a headline-grabbing trade to acquire Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, the Bills announced another deal Wednesday for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel.

Just think: We're still six days away from the start of free agency, when the NFL's hot stove will heat up for real.

By signing offensive lineman Richie Incognito last month and trading for McCoy and Cassel this week, the Bills have gotten a head start on the frenzy and have positioned themselves to make additional moves this March.

Cassel will undoubtedly compete with EJ Manuel this summer for the starting quarterback role, but there's no reason why it can't be a three-man race. Given the relatively cheap cost of acquiring Cassel and the lack of guaranteed money in his contract, which has one season remaining, the Bills could add another quarterback to the mix.

Might it be Mark Sanchez? Brian Hoyer? Matt Moore? That's still unclear, but I wouldn't expect the Bills to stop here. Whether it's the draft or free agency, throwing a third quarterback into the ring would only strengthen the chances of finding a suitable starter for the 2015 season.

No matter what they do next, there's been a clear pattern to the Bills' moves so far this offseason: They are at least trying to bolster their offense.

There's no guarantee Incognito will get his career back on the right path and become a full-time starter at guard, just as there's no guarantee Cassel will be able to win the starting job at quarterback. But they're both low-risk moves that prove the Bills are intent on improving one of the NFL's worst offenses last season.

Adding McCoy, who comes with a much steeper cost, was an aggressive move that gives the Bills more flexibility in this year's draft. With running back less of a need and another arm in the mix at quarterback, the Bills can focus on finding a tight end or helping their offensive line with their second- and third-round picks.

It's the right approach. It would be considerably premature to say the Bills have gotten over the hump and can topple the New England Patriots in the AFC East, but if they Bills are ever going to do that, this is how it will happen.

Are the Bills being aggressive? Yes. Will it work out for them? Who knows.

But you certainly can't accuse them of being boring.
An Insider piece now posted on ESPN.com highlights the "best fits" for veteran receiver Andre Johnson, who has reportedly been given permission to seek a trade by the Texans, and it's not surprising that the New England Patriots are high on the list.

A few thoughts:

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Starts with the salary. Before even considering trade compensation, Johnson's salary would likely have to be addressed before the Patriots broached the possibility of acquiring him. As the Insider piece notes, Johnson has two years and $21.5 million remaining on the $67.8 million contract he signed back in 2010 and it's hard to imagine the Patriots absorbing that deal. One estimate on how far the Patriots would extend is to the Julian Edelman-type range of $4.75 million average per year. That figure was picked because the Patriots are generally cognizant of paying a big contract to a player from another team in terms of how it might affect others already on the club. Would that be good enough for Johnson? Perhaps it would from the perspective of giving him a chance to play with Tom Brady and have arguably his best chance to win a Super Bowl.

Would Houston trade with New England? With the Texans competing in the AFC, and also facing the Patriots in 2015, one would think they'd prefer to trade him out of the conference. In that sense, it might be difficult for the Patriots to consummate a deal. But if there is no trade market, and Johnson is ultimately released and free to sign with any team, that obviously would alter the picture. (Johnson wouldn't be as high of a priority as retaining players such as Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty, but it's still intriguing.)

Still has something to offer. While every snap that Johnson played last season has not been watched at this address, there was enough viewing to come to the conclusion that the soon-to-be 34-year-old (birthday July 11) still can be a difference-maker at times. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Johnson would obviously be a nice addition to the core of Edelman (5-10, 200), Brandon LaFell (6-3, 210) and Danny Amendola (5-11, 195). With Brady throwing him the football, Johnson would naturally make the Patriots that much tougher to defend. A mid-round draft pick for Johnson, assuming he would accept a reduced contract, would be a coup for New England.
The Buffalo Bills continued their aggressive offseason by working out a trade for three-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy. Buffalo will send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles in a move that cannot be made official until next week.

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The fallout from this trade means running back and former Bills first-round pick C.J. Spiller will not return to Buffalo. The pending free agent is set to hit the open market on March 10.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Miami Dolphins are among several teams interested in Spiller. Miami is searching for another tailback to pair with starter Lamar Miller, who rushed for 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Is Spiller a good fit for Miami? My reaction is mixed.

Spiller's skills and running style works well with the quick-hitting offense Miami wants under second-year offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Spiller is a home run hitter who has averaged 5.0 yards per carry over his five-year career in Buffalo. The Dolphins like to spread the field with three- and four-receiver sets to create running lanes for quicker running backs. Spiller makes sense for those reasons.

But on the other hand, Spiller and Miller are similar players and Spiller is less durable. He's missed eight games the past two seasons due to injuries, and although the market for running backs isn't great, Spiller wants to be well compensated in free agency. The Dolphins have too many larger needs (linebacker, defensive tackle, safety, guard, cornerback) to overspend for a backup running back.

The Dolphins are better off finding a running back with power that is much cheaper in the NFL draft. This is a deep position this year with good talent in the second, third and maybe fourth rounds.

Spiller is a dynamic talent when healthy and should help a team next season. But the Dolphins shouldn't press and overspend to sign another Lamar Miller clone.
A few New England Patriots-based thoughts on the notable trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills, as reported by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, in which Philadelphia sends running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso:

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1. Salary-cap space is always fluid, so this will be something to monitor, but the Bills are taking on a $10.25 million salary-cap charge for McCoy. That leaves them with about $17 million of space and could affect pursuit of big-ticket free-agents such as Darrelle Revis.

2. Both teams are on the Patriots' schedule for 2015. As colleague Field Yates pointed out, the addition of McCoy under first-year head coach Rex Ryan could make the Bills a top candidate to be New England's season-opening opponent.

3. The Bills don't have a sure-fire answer at quarterback, so in that sense, McCoy becomes the player they can build around. In theory, maybe that makes life easier on whoever plays quarterback and helps close the gap on the Patriots.

4. McCoy might not be too happy about this trade, so the Bills could be put into a position where they have to sweeten the pot a bit to entice him. Not an ideal spot, leverage-wise, for a team to be.

5. Part of the reason the Eagles made the deal was to clear salary-cap space. The Patriots have some similar salary-cap clean-up to take care of over the next week (a video coming up at 10 a.m. ET will highlight that thought).
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So much of the legend of Kiko Alonso.

Less than two years after Alonso burst out of the gate as a rookie and became a fan favorite for his carefree personality, the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles worked out a deal Tuesday to swap Alonso for three-time Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy.

Rarely do player-for-player trades happen in the NFL, but this one makes plenty of sense for both sides, as long as McCoy is happy with the deal. A source to McCoy told ESPN's Josina Anderson that McCoy is "frustrated" and is "not going to make it easy. That's for sure." So stay tuned on that end of the story.

But assuming the deal is finalized next week, the Eagles will clear most of McCoy's $11.95 million cap hit off the books and will have a shot to find another stud running back in what's considered a deep draft class this April. Coach Chip Kelly is also reunited with Alonso -- one of his former players at Oregon -- who comes at a cheap price and brings plenty of upside to the Eagles' defense.

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Tim Heitman/USA TODAY SportsLeSean McCoy should fill a huge hole in the Bills' offense assuming that Tuesday's reported trade is completed next week.
The Bills address one of their biggest offseason needs by adding McCoy. With Fred Jackson turning 34 last month and C.J. Spiller set to hit free agency this weekend, the Bills needed an infusion of talent at running back. McCoy is one of the most talented at his position in the NFL.

It just makes sense.

McCoy tallied nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards last season and eclipsed 2,100 all-purpose yards in 2013. He's only 26 and should have enough tread on his tires to play out the final three years of his current deal, and probably longer.

The question for the Bills will be their ability to block for McCoy. There were some issues with the Eagles' offensive line last season, which caused McCoy's average yards before contact per rush to drop from 3.59 in 2013 (second best in the NFL) to 2.71 last season.

The Bills' offensive line was a mess last season, and, even though they've already added Richie Incognito this offseason, they'll need to do more to upgrade that unit.

The good news is they'll have more flexibility in the draft to address their other needs. A week ago, I would have pegged running back as one of the Bills' top draft needs and considered it a serious possibility they'd take one with their second-round pick, their first of the draft.

Now, they don't need to draft a running back until the late rounds, if at all. That means quarterback, tight end and offensive line come to the forefront for the Bills' second- and third-round picks this April.

The Bills will take a $10.25 million cap hit by acquiring McCoy and save less than $1 million by trading Alonso, so the Bills' cap space -- which NFLPA records listed at $27.1 million earlier Tuesday -- will be cut considerably. Re-signing defensive end Jerry Hughes will put another dent in that number and limit what the Bills could do elsewhere in free agency.

Still, the point of free agency is to acquire good players. The Bills were able to do that Tuesday by agreeing to the deal for McCoy, so the fact that their spending power this March will be limited because of the trade is hardly a setback.

The impact on the Bills' defense shouldn't be substantial, either. They lose a cheap, rising young player in Alonso but they already have a replacement: Preston Brown, a 2014 third-round pick who played the second-most snaps of any defensive rookie in the NFL last season and held his own.

If there was any position at which the Bills could afford to lose a player such as Alonso, it was linebacker. And truth be told, the Bills got by just fine without Alonso last season. With strong performances from Brown and Nigel Bradham at linebacker, they were considerably better in run defense, jumping from 28th in yards allowed per game in 2013 to 11th last season.

Unless McCoy gives the Bills headaches all summer about coming to Buffalo, or if he drops off a cliff after posting four 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first six years in the league, there is little reason to fret about this trade.

Savor the moment, Bills fans, because it's not often that teams can draw up player-for-player swaps that make this much sense for both sides.
ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted the following Tuesday night, hours after news broke of the Buffalo Bills' trade with the Philadelphia Eagles:
A source close to LeSean McCoy to me on how the #Eagles RB feels about news of an agreement to trade McCoy to Buffalo: "He’s a Pennsylvania kid. He’s never played football outside of Pennsylvania—high school, college, pro. So of course he's not happy. Sounds like it’s pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo."

On whether the source believes McCoy will make a trade to Buffalo difficult, in light of McCoy’s initial reaction to the news:
"It'll be interesting to see how this process plays itself out because he's an interesting individual. In your mind, when you think of Buffalo you think of cold and losing games. It’s not like it’s the Philadelphia market where you’re always on t.v. and you’re playing for like the division title or that type of thing…It was unexpected. I'll tell you that much.”

The source on how McCoy is feeling at the moment:
"Honestly, he's frustrated ... It's alright. It's the league. I told him that. I guess he just never experienced that, but he was like 'why me.'"

The source said he thinks McCoy is "not going to make it easy, that's for sure."

The source on whether the trade news was a surprise:
"Honestly we were under the impression the whole time, that eventually at some point, Chip [Kelly] was going to ask LeSean to restructure his contract--not a pay cut, but convert some of his signing bonus."
The C.J. Spiller era is over in Buffalo.

With the Buffalo Bills set to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles for running back LeSean McCoy, there is no room for Spiller, who will hit the free-agent market next week for the first time in his career.

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Appearing on NFL Network shortly after news of the trade broke Tuesday evening, Spiller closed the door on any return to the Bills.

"Management called me and told me that they were [trading for McCoy] and pretty much giving me a thank you for your service," he said. "I feel still the same. Nothing's changed. The game plan is still the same. The only thing is that I won't be returning to Buffalo."

Spiller hadn't yet ruled out coming back to the Bills before the trade.

"I did [wish] have a chance, hoping I could return there," he said. "Very few guys get to play their whole careers with one team. But unfortunately that don't happen in this business, and I found out today that that don't happen in this business."

With the Eagles now down their top running back, Spiller offered his services to the Eagles.

"I'm pretty sure that Chip [Kelly] has my agent's phone number," he said, smiling. "I'm pretty sure that we might have to make a call over there."
ESPN front office analyst Mark Dominik, the former general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, might have more educated insight on cornerback Darrelle Revis than most.

 Dominik, of course, was the Buccaneers’ primary personnel decision-maker when the team traded for Revis in 2013.

What does Dominik think will happen with Revis this offseason?

“I think Revis stays in New England, and I think you’re going to see Revis on a more marginal deal,” Dominik said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” program.

“I think when you say marginal, look, I know how important winning was for Darrelle Revis. I think as a player, once you get that elixir that your feel you realize it’s not all about anything else. I think he’s looking for a home, and I think he felt like home was there.

“I think Revis stays at a reasonable rate, whether that’s the $12 to $14 [million per year]. Maybe it’s more the $12 million for five years, at $60 million, and it’s done.

“I think New England is going to get a discount, and I think it’s going to be hard for Revis to not want to stay there.”

EXTRA POINT: Dominik's scenario comes in below our own projected market for Revis.
The Buffalo Bills have $27.1 million in salary-cap space for 2015, according to the latest figures from the NFL Players Association.

The NFL set its league-wide salary cap Monday at $143.28 million. The Bills are carrying over $2.65 million in unused 2014 cap space to 2015, so their adjusted 2015 salary cap is $145.78 million.

As of Tuesday, the Bills have the NFL's 12th-most cap space.

That number could change over the coming days, as teams make final adjustments and roster moves before the 2015 league year, and free agency, begins next Tuesday.

The Bills passed Monday on assigning the franchise tag to any of their free agents, and for good reason: Had they given Jerry Hughes the tag, it would have cost them $14.813 million, or about 55 percent of their 2015 cap space. That would have left the Bills with $12.3 million to make other free-agent moves.

In general, teams prefer to enter the regular season with a cushion of salary-cap space -- at least $2 million-3 million -- to make in-season pickups and account for injured players.

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