Jcb890 wrote:Pretty much what they said.
The Jets, Dolphins and Bills have all been run horribly, which is why they are bad and one of the reasons nobody wants to go to those teams. It isn't like players are taking less money to play for the Patriots vs. going to play for the Bills, Jets or Dolphins - look at Cole Beasley this past off-season.
I wasn't speculating that players would take less money to play for the Patriots than the other AFC East teams, I was speculating that players would take the same money to play for an average team in a different division over an AFC East team (e.g., Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, etc.).
I want to dig a little deeper, what are some of the strongest franchises since 2000?
Example: I think the Colts with Peyton Manning were a powerhouse, in part due to the AFC South being weak. But I think the AFC South may have been weak in part because the Colts were so dominant.
Other strong franchises: GB, PIT, DEN
At different times, the NFC North, AFC North and AFC West were all considered weak. Was this partially due to those teams being strong? [I realize BAL was also strong, but CLE and CIN have struggled for long periods of time. Again this is mostly due to mismanagement, but do FAs avoid them due to the division?]