AFC East Free Agency Rumors Roundup: Patriots Interested In Rams Duo, Hoyer To Jets?

The NFL's free agency period started only a few days ago, but there has already been plenty of movement as teams try to re-shape their rosters for successful 2016 seasons. The arms race is a little bit different in the AFC East, where everyone else is still doing everything they can to match the Patriots. Here's all the latest news and rumors from around the division:

Jets to make trade for Brian Hoyer?
The Texans are expected to part ways with Brian Hoyer "sooner rather than later" after signing Brock Osweiler, and New York is a very likely landing spot, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hoyer passed for 2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 11 games last season.

Patriots interested in Rams duo
The Patriots' search for depth along their defensive line has led them to former Rams defensive end Chris Long, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:

The Providence Journal has learned that the Patriots are showing interest in the eight-year veteran, who is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long and a former No. 2 overall draft pick. The 30-year-old Long made three sacks last season in St. Louis, where he’s spent his entire career.

Long had a great run from 2010 to 2013, making 41.5 sacks during that period. Long has also drawn interest from Dallas, Washington and Atlanta. Talking with SiriusXM NFL Radio,

Long said he already visited Atlanta and Washington and has a few more visits lined up. This veteran is in no rush to make a move.

"I want to go to a team that's going to be in the playoffs," Long said. "It's all about football and winning for me."

Another name that has come up on New England's radar is former Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, and he took a visit to the Patriots, according to multiple reports. The Pats are looking for a third linebacker after Jerod Mayo announced his retirement, and Laurinaitis certainly fits that mold. He had 109 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble last season. 

Dolphins setting up visit with Chris Clemons
Former Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons is setting up a visit with the Miami Dolphins, reports NFL Network's Albert Breer.

Clemons had 14 tackles and three sacks with one forced fumble in 16 games last year.

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