Morning take: No Jones-Drew for the Jets

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

  • Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew is too pricey for the New York Jets.

Morning take: We wrote as much on Wednesday. The Jets do not have the cap space to extend their own best player -- Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. It would look really bad if they worked out a trade and big extension with an outside player when that money could’ve gone to Revis.

  • Is New England Patriots guard Brian Waters coming back?

Morning take: The more time that passes, the less likely Waters is returning. The Patriots are preparing as though it won't happen. But if Waters plays this season it will be a bonus.

  • Speaking of retirement, Miami Dolphins guard Eric Steinbach retires from the NFL.

Morning take: Steinbach sat out all of 2011 following major back surgery. He was not the same player in camp he once was, and that clearly bothered him. I got to know Steinbach over his career and he's a good person and a good player. He had solid stints playing for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

  • With Shawne Merriman's release, backup defensive end Robert Eddins rises up the depth chart.

Morning take: The second-year defender gets a chance to play behind Mario Williams, Mark Anderson and Chris Kelsay. The pressure isn't too much. Eddins just needs to respond when his number is called.