Mike Sando of ESPN Insider recently looked at every NFL team's most team-friendly contract. After looking at team-friendly deals, it only makes sense to look at the alternative: player-friendly contracts.
"Clay wore the transition tag in Miami when the Bills came after him with an offer the Dolphins were not going to match. His deal included $24.5 million in the first two years, more than Julius Thomas received from Jacksonville. Can the Bills get that kind of value from him?"
As for the rest of the AFC East, Sando chose the following players:
Ndamukong Suh, DT
Suh is earning quarterback money while playing defensive tackle, giving him the friendliest contract in the league. The Dolphins committed $60 million guaranteed at signing. Releasing Suh at any point over the next several years would force Miami to absorb massive hits against its salary cap, increasing the chances Suh will earn most or all of the deal's $114 million total value.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady, QB
Brady has agreed to contract structures that have helped the Patriots construct a championship roster. Some might call him underpaid, and his deal could easily appear on a team-friendly list as well. But the beauty for Brady is that he'll earn $29 million in 2016, which is 15-20 percent of team outlays and about $19 million more than anyone else on the team is set to earn.
New York Jets
Darrelle Revis, CB
Revis turns 31 this summer and is coming off a down season, but his accountant should not worry; Revis has $23 million in guaranteed salary over the next two seasons.