New England Patriots Offered Brian Waters a Pay Raise and More AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Brian Waters #54 of the New England Patriots listens for an audible call against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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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.


Buffalo Bills

Bleacher Report Bills featured columnist Josh Cembellin lists the five biggest storylines for the Bills through two weeks.

Chris Brown of sheds light on the quiet-but-solid performance the Bills' offensive line has had since the beginning of the 2011 season.


Miami Dolphins

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.

Chris Leeuw of breaks down the blocks that paved the way for Dolphins running back Reggie Bush to have a big day against the Raiders.


New England Patriots

Christopher Price of writes that the Ravens are running more no-huddle offense than we've seen from them in year's past.

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe writes that the Ravens' defense is still formidable despite a good deal of turnover.


New York Jets

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes expects to exploit the Dolphins' secondary.

According to Kristine Reese of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is still keeping any plans for Tim Tebow close to the vest.


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.