AFC Notes: Bills, Texans, Mallett, Browns

While his contract has been surpassed by a few players signing extensions, no free agent signed a bigger deal this offseason than safety Jairus Byrd, who agreed to a $54MM pact to join the Saints. For the Bills, who lost Byrd in free agency, you’d think they’d at least have the consolation of awaiting a compensatory pick for their loss, but that may not be the case, as Mike Rodak of explains. Although the NFL’s exact formula for computing compensatory picks isn’t known, the fact that Buffalo signed more free agents than it lost could help take the team out of the running for picks, writes Rodak.

Here’s more from around the AFC:

  • The Texans will not be trading for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweets definitively. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe adds (via Twitter) that a potential trade between the two teams died last week, which is consistent with reports we were hearing at the time.
  • Pat McManamon of wonders if the Browns‘ willingness to give a lucrative contract extension to Joe Haden, who has previously been suspended in his career, bodes well for Josh Gordon‘s future in Cleveland.
  • Although he was linked to the Bills as a potential bidder earlier in the month, New York developer Howard Milstein confirmed this week that he won’t be attempting to buy the franchise. However, Milstein believes he has some land in Niagara Falls that could be suitable for a new stadium, as Tom Precious of the Buffalo News details.
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