When guard Brian Waters failed to report to the New England Patriots for training camp, many wondered what had happened. It seemed at times like the drama was over, but news continues to roll out regarding this very confusing situation.
The latest reports from Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe indicate that Waters was actually offered a pay raise to return. There were reports from the Globe that they asked him to restructure his contract at one point, and Young's report adds another layer to the monetary aspect of the situation.
Regardless of what happened, the drama this entire situation has caused makes one wonder whether the Patriots would be inclined to give a player such special treatment in the future. They went out of their way to make things easy on Waters, and in return, he has only made things tougher on them.
Shalise points out the caveat of this whole situation at the end of her article: "At this point, if Waters wants to play in 2012, he has one option: play for the Patriots." Waters obviously didn't do this to be malicious, but even if the Patriots aren't doing so intentionally, this may set a precedent among the locker room not to try something like what Waters did.
Here are some more updates from around the AFC East.
Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Josh Cembellin lists the five biggest storylines for the Bills through two weeks.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com sheds light on the quiet-but-solid performance the Bills' offensive line has had since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald writes that Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's familiarity with the Dolphins won't be a huge factor on Sunday.
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Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe writes that the Ravens' defense is still formidable despite a good deal of turnover.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes expects to exploit the Dolphins' secondary.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.