THE DAILY TAKE

The Daily Take will be posted every weekday at 3 p.m. and will offer our opinion on a pertinent topic involving the Dolphins. Today we look at the rest of the AFC East.

Different teams take different approaches to free agency. Some teams make a lot of big moves early, while others wait until later in the offseason to add pieces that may turn out to be just as significant.

The Dolphins obviously fall into the latter category, which is why it looks right now like they've lost ground in the AFC East to the likes of Buffalo and New England.

The Bills look much improved right now after adding Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey to their defense. Yes, they lost Peerless Price, but they got a first-round pick in return and, besides, Josh Reed was a stud as a rookie last year and the Buffalo offense should be just fine without Price.

As for New England, the Pats bolstered their defense with the acquisitions of safety Rodney Harrison and linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. As a side note, the Patriots also re-signed former Dolphins cornerback Ben Kelly.

But the defending division champs Jets have regressed a bit, even though they made a wise move on Thursday by matching the offer sheet kick returner Chad Morton had signed with Washington.

The bottom line is that Dolphins fan should accept the fact that the AFC East will be as competitive as ever next fall.

It doesn't seem fair when teams like Pittsburgh and Green Bay get to cruise through weak divisions, but there's nothing that can be done about it.


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