AFC East links: Merriman plans to retire

Buffalo Bills

Linebacker Shawne Merriman said Tuesday night that he plans to file retirement papers, ending his eight-year career.

The Cleveland Browns are going to replace the Buffalo Bills in Kevin Costner's film "Draft Day."

Miami Dolphins

Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald: "If [Greg] Jennings -- Green Bay’s star wideout -- were two years younger with a clean medical history, he might be the most sought-after player, at any position, in this year’s free agency class. (Or, more likely, the Packers would not have let him reach the open market to begin with.) But this isn’t 2011. He’s coming off back-to-back injury-shortened seasons -- playing in just eight games [starting five] last year, the fewest of his career."

The Dolphins remain in talks with wide receiver Brian Hartline on a long-term deal.

New England Patriots

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss addresses the Patriots not using the franchise tag in his latest mailbag installment.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald suggests some teams that might be interested in signing Wes Welker if the wide receiver can't come to terms on a new deal with the Patriots.

New York Jets

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com: "If the New York Jets trade Darrelle Revis -- and it looks like it's moving in that direction -- the biggest loser is Rex Ryan."

Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News says trading Revis is a must if the Jets want to turn the corner as a team.