Following are whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC East:
• For a team greatly lacking in defensive playmakers, it is a poor testament to the Bills' talent evaluators that former first-round picks John McCargo and Aaron Maybin were inactive in Week Seven. McCargo, a defensive end who was the 26th overall pick in 2006, has yet to play this season and seems to be on his way out of the league. Maybin, a linebacker who was the 11th choice in the '09 draft, has played in five games this season but recorded only five tackles with no sacks, a major disappointment for a team looking for any sort of pass rush.
• After starting the first six games and leading the team in interceptions, Dolphins CB Jason Allen may start splitting time with Sean Smith. Smith lost the job before the season opener, but Allen got burned in the 'Fins' loss to the Steelers. We hear that the more snaps Smith can get in the secondary, the more Allen can contribute on special teams. Miami's struggles on special teams this season have been well-documented, and Allen could be used on kick coverage.
• The Jets have signed DE Jarron Gilbert to their 53-man roster and are excited to see what the second-year pro can do. Released by the Bears only one year after he was Chicago's third-round draft pick, Gilbert should be more comfortable as an end in New York's 3-4 defense than he was as a tackle in a 4-3. He has put on weight since the start of the season but still has the athleticism that made him such a prized prospect in the first place.