In one week, the AFC East has certainly changed. But how much? Has it shifted the balance of powers at all? That remains to be seen. The New England Patriots have reigned supreme since Mo Lewis knocked out Drew Bledsoe in 2001.
Here are the Top 10 moves in order of potential impact.
10. Isa Abdul-Quddus signs with Miami. This was a smart signing by the Dolphins at three years, $12.75 million. Abdul-Quddus graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 safety from Week 10 on last year in Detroit. He should form a solid duo at safety with Reshad Jones. With Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay in the division, Miami needed to upgrade.
9. Bills shed salaries. Doug Whaley and Jim Overdorf had no choice but to cut loose several players (Mario Williams, Leodis McKelvin, Kraig Urbik, Boobie Dixon). In a tough situation, they probably made the right calls, too. Williams checked out. Ronald Darby replaced McKelvin at cornerback. "Boobie D" might've had the best personality on the team, and one heck of a back story that starts at the homeless shelter, but wasn't needed at running back anymore. Buffalo's depth on the O-Line could be tested without Urbik.
8. Dolphins trade for CB Byron Maxwell, LB Kiko Alonso. This was a strange one. Even after restructuring his deal, Maxwell will make $17 million in salary with $13.5 million guaranteed the next two seasons. He was mostly a disaster last year in Philadelphia and Alonso wasn't much better. Now, both will try to get their careers back on track in Miami... all at the cost of Miami moving from No. 8 overall in the draft to No. 13. That could be a big difference.
7. Miami signs RB C.J. Anderson to an offer sheet. Denver has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to match Miami's four-year, $18 million offer to Anderson, who rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl. He's a totally different back than Lamar Miller, the 2015 starter Miami lost to Houston in free agency. One ran a 4.40 at the Combine; one ran a 4.60. Indeed, the 224-pound Anderson is more of a bruiser than the home-run hitting Miller. One reason it could work in Miami? Anderson played for new head coach Adam Gase with the Broncos 2013- '14. The RFA reportedly took less money from Miami, than Chicago.
6. Jets tag DE Muhammad Wilkerson... but lose DT Damon Harrison to the New York Giants. New York was able to keep Wilkerson at the price of $15.7 million this season, but lost its unsung hero up front in Harrison. The 6-foot-4, 350-pound boulder had 72 tackles (39 solo) last season, making life easier for those around him. He's a costly two-down player at $24 million guaranteed, but leaves a void behind him. Harrison was PFF's No. 2-rated run-stopping defensive tackle and a (literal) huge reason the Jets finished No. 2 against the run as a team.
5. Matt Forte signs, Bilal Powell re-signs in new-look Jets backfield. Two smart, decisive moves here. After losing Chris Ivory to the Jacksonville Jaguars — and wisely not topping the Jags' five-year, $32 million deal to the back — the Jets added the veteran Forte and re-signed Powell. There's an element of risk in that Forte has 2,500-plus touches on the odometer, but he didn't show signs of wearing down too much in 2015, still effective with 99 total yards per game. Meanwhile, Powell (4.5 avg. last season) remains a shifty change of pace.
4. Ex-Bill Mario Williams signs with the Dolphins. Hey, maybe he'll recapture his old form. Back at defensive end, back to exclusively rushing the passer — with Ndamukong Suh inside —Williams could be a double-digit sack threat again. Miami is willing to find out at two years, $17 million. But very rarely do players at this point of their career suddenly turn it on when their effort is called into question to this degree. The Dolphins' defensive line could prove to be one massive, underachieving money pit.
3. Chris Hogan signs three-year deal with New England. The price may seem high for the RFA receiver (three years, $12 million), but here's thinking Hogan and the Patriots are a perfect fit. Four-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady loves receivers who excel on option routes, receivers who can view the game through the same lens. And Hogan, who plays inside and outside, should bring such intelligence. Save your "workmanlike" and "blue collar" and "possession receiver" cliches, too. Hogan ran a 4.47 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times back at his pro day, a combination you rarely ever see. He'll bring toughness. The last few weeks of the season, Hogan played through torn ligaments in his wrist. On run-first Buffalo, with EJ Manuel, Kyle Orton and Tyrod Taylor at QB, he wasn't the factor he'll be in New England.
2. Cordy Glenn gets the franchise tag, Richie Incognito is re-signed. Take a moment to picture the Bills' offensive line if they were unable to re-sign these two. Not pretty. The Bills absolutely needed to lock up both Glenn and Incognito. This offense hasn't gotten a lot right over the last 16 years but sure as heck had a good thing in 2015 running behind these two. Again, the Bills will try to run the ball 30-plus times a game in 2016. Facing the cutthroat run defenses of the NFC West and AFC North, they needed these two maulers. Inside the locker room, Incognito's voice is valued, too.
1. Jets play hardball with Ryan Fitzpatrick. So... who'll play quarterback for the Jets? As of Monday evening, that remained an unknown. Fitzpatrick, 33, reportedly wants more than the Jets are willing to pay. And while the Jets surely don't want to pay Brock Osweiler-like money to someone they view as a bridge to a younger quarterback, they're also a legitimate contender in 2016 with Fitz and not so much without Fitz. Despite those absolute clunkers against the Bills, Fitzpatrick finished with 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and an 88.0 passer rating. In this QB-starved NFL, someone will pay him. And no doubt, the rest of the AFC East is waiting to see what GM Mike Maccagnan does at the position.