AFC East Blog
Aaron Dobson's left foot is still barking at him months after he first injured it. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson has been told to rest his foot, which has impacted his offseason training regimen somewhat. The team's medical staff is keeping an eye on him, and it will decide in about two weeks whether the rest was sufficient to let the foot heal or if Dobson needs surgery.
Howe said, via a source, "It's unclear how long the recovery period would be, but it sounds unlikely [Dobson would] be cleared in time for the April 21 launch of the Patriots' offseason program if he needs the procedure."
Dobson said his foot started bothering him in October. Then during Week 12, he developed a significant injury in the foot and missed the following four games. He re-aggravated the injury in Week 17, which forced him to miss the team's divisional round playoff game. Dobson was active for the AFC Championship, but caught just two passes on three targets for 33 yards.
The Patriots signed Danny Amendola to a five-year contract last March, but there is at least a chance that the oft-injured wideout doesn't last long enough to see year two in New England.
Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei wrote Friday that Amendola's name has been "floated" in trade talks by anonymous NFL teams. There is also talk by beat writers that Amendola could be cut. It would cost the Patriots $4.8 million to cut Amendola, but if they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they would have to pay only $1.2 million of that price this year
We've got stories today on a fantasy commodity getting the franchise tag and other ones getting signed. And in the realm of the kicker, we've got one of each.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano was rewarded for a career-best season Friday with a four-year contract worth $12.7 million. He made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013.
Jets kicker Nick Folk is also coming off the best year of his career, but he was assigned the franchise tag, which is worth about $3.5 million for next season. He went 33 for 36 on field goals. Neither player missed any of their combined 69 extra-point attempts.