AFC East update: Brian Waters absent

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The AFC East blog spent the day with the New York Jets at mandatory minicamp. But here is an update of other things going on around the AFC East.

  • New England Patriots Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters had an excused absence from Tuesday's mandatory minicamp.

  • Patriots receiver Wes Welker says he is happy teammate Rob Gronkowski got a six-year contract extension.

  • Receiver Chad Ochocinco signed a one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins for the veteran minimum of $925,000.

  • Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) is closer to returning to the practice field.