Morning take: Managing Miami expectations

Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:

  • The Miami Dolphins spent $204 million in total contracts this offseason. But does it guarantee a playoff run?

Morning take: It absolutely does not. Miami must put it all together on the field in order to earn respect. But the Dolphins have enough talent on paper to contend for a wild-card spot this season.

  • The New England Patriots released starting defensive tackle Kyle Love soon after learning he has Type 2 diabetes.

Morning take: The NFL is a cruel business and the Patriots are one of the more emotionless teams. Love played well for New England last season but joins former teammate Brandon Deaderick as recent cuts on the defensive line.

Morning take: The New York Jets were a strong target for Cribbs, but a balky knee forced general manager John Idzik to wait. It is clear Oakland doesn’t have the same level of concern.

  • Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson hopes to make up for a poor 2012.

Morning take: Anderson came to Buffalo with expectations after recording double-digit sacks with the Patriots in 2011. This is an important time for Anderson to show he can get healthy and contribute to the Bills this upcoming season.