- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
The New England Patriots reportedly have no interest in using the franchise tag on receiver Wes Welker.
Morning take: We've said for weeks that it's most likely extension or bust for Welker. This year's tag rises to $11.4 million for Welker, and that's too much strain on New England's cap.
Miami Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore is looking for a chance to start in free agency.
Morning take: Moore is one of the top backups in the NFL, but he won't get a chance to start in Miami. Moore will have to look elsewhere for a better opportunity.
Who are the top quarterback prospects for the Buffalo Bills?
Morning take: This year’s quarterback class is wide open. Geno Smith is considered the best college prospect, but I’m not sure he fits best in Buffalo. I don’t expect the Bills to take a quarterback in the first round at No. 8 overall.
Are any New York Jets free agents worth the franchise tag?
Morning take: That’s not going to happen. Tight end Dustin Keller could receive some consideration. But paying any free agent top-five money will be rough considering New York’s cap situation.
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