AFC Notes: Raiders, Hamilton, Jets, Browns

We learned earlier today that Raiders owner Mark Davis was meeting with a San Antonio contingent, including ex-mayor Henry Cisneros, to discuss the possibility of moving his franchise to south Texas. Davis confirmed the visit to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune (via Twitter), but predictably wasn’t forthcoming about the details of the meeting. “Henry Cisneros said their job was to present San Antonio’s assets in the strongest light,” Davis told McDonald (Twitter link). “And they did that.” Here’s more from the AFC.

  • Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will be the most sought-after head coaching candidate during the offseason, league sources tell Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. Hamilton, who’s led an Indianapolis offense that ranks fifth in DVOA, could be an option for the 49ers if Jim Harbaugh leaves, or the Giants if Tom Coughlin is let go. One rival GM on Hamilton: “He is almost as good a head coaching prospect as [Andrew] Luck was a quarterback prospect coming out of Stanford.”
  • The Jets are set to face the Steelers and breakout rookie receiver Martavis Bryant on Sunday, leading Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News to examine general manager John Idzik’s failure to draft a pass-catcher who was able to contribute in 2014. Gang Green did select Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, and Quincy Enuwa, but they’ve been waived, injured, and sent to the practice squad, respectively.
  • While admitting than hindsight is 20/20, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie would have definitely opted to keep Carson Palmer in Oakland had he known how costly (and poor) future acquisitions Matt Flynn and Matt Schaub would be.
  • Browns linebacker Craig Robertson is playing well in limited snaps this season, and he even picked off an Andy Dalton pass during last night’s game. But as Alex Marvez of Fox Sports details (Twitter links), Robertson almost didn’t make it to the NFL. The only team to call the North Texas product after he went undrafted in 2012 was the Jaguars, and they were only making sure they had the correct phone number. In fact, Robertson was set to head down under to play Australian rules football when he was contacted by Cleveland.
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