Chowder and Champions

● By Randolph Charlotin
Are the New England Patriots now the third best team in the AFC East? It’s easy to reach that conclusion if you are judging success from activity during free agency. The Buffalo Bills signed edge rush specialist Von Miller, headlining their free agency class as they spent big to maximize their championship window. The Miami Dolphins traded for WR Tyreek Hill to pair with WR Jaylen Waddle and signed LT Terron Armstead to provide QB Tua Tagovailoa the weapons and protection to succeed. Yes, the Patriots made some additions, but it seems more quality walked out the door than came in. Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson is off to the Los Angeles Chargers. Starting guards Shaq Mason and Ted Karras won’t be protecting QB Mac Jones anymore.