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Quick Slants Podcast: Mike Florio: How wide open is the AFC?

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Quick Slants Podcast: Mike Florio: How wide open is the AFC?

Mike Florio talks with Tom E. Curran about the latest around the NFL.

3:30 - Why is Mike Tomlin not getting more blame for the Steelers struggles?

9:00 - Just how wide open is the AFC? Is there a clear favorite?

10:00 - Who has been the MVP in the NFL so far this season?

12:30 - How impressive was Mahomes no-look pass? Will more QB’s be trying this move now?

15:20 - Will Colin Kaepernick win his collusion case against the NFL?

21:30 - What do we make of Bill Belichick’s comments following devastating loss to Dolphins?

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NFL Rumors: Patriots do James White, Lawrence Guy a "solid" with bonuses

NFL Rumors: Patriots do James White, Lawrence Guy a "solid" with bonuses

Sure, the New England Patriots can be frugal at times. But they also reward players who prove their worth.

Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy and running back James White both fall into that category, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, who shared Wednesday morning that the Patriots gave both players raises for 2019 after they narrowly missed out on 2018 contract incentives.

As ESPN's Mike Reiss explains, Guy would have earned an extra $400,000 last season for playing in 50 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps but fell just short at 49.6 percent. So, New England gave him that incentive anyway by tacking it onto his 2019 earnings as a bonus, bumping Guy's cap hit up to $4.4 million.

White, meanwhile, had a $250,000 incentive for 2018 for playing in 60 percent of the Patriots' snaps and tallying 1,200 yards from scrimmage. After he just missed both targets, the Patriots gave him a "make-up" bonus, as well.

Guy's and White's bonuses are nice gestures for two of the Patriots' more reliable contributors. They also are a form of thanks: As NESN.com's Doug Kyed points out, Guy and White hitting their incentives last season would have added an extra $650,000 to the Patriots' 2018 salary cap number, which would have subtracted from the amount they could carry over into 2019.

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Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

Here are reported details of Phillip Dorsett's Patriots contract

The New England Patriots haven't exactly broken the bank for wide receivers in 2019 free agency.

The Patriots made their one-year contract with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett official Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, ESPN's Field Yates shared the numbers of that contract, via a source.

Dorsett's $1.5 million base salary is a slight uptick from the $1.1 million he made in 2018 on the final year of his rookie deal. This contract includes a $500,000 roster bonus ($400,000 more than his 2018 roster bonus) and more incentives, but it's still a relatively good deal for the Patriots, who retain a 26-year-old receiver with upside and knowledge of the offense.

Dorsett played well in spurts last season, catching 32 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in his first full year with New England. He may be asked to take on a bigger role in 2019, as Julian Edelman is the only other wide receiver on the current roster who played significant snaps for the Patriots last season.

The Patriots also signed free-agent wideouts Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris to low-cost, one-year deals -- $895,000 and $1 million, respectively -- as their current strategy appears to be acquiring several ponies instead of one or two horses.

That strategy obviously could change if the Patriots target another receiver via trade or free agency, but for now, they're keeping the budget tight.

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