Armond Armstead

AFC Links: Bills Sale, Patriots, Manziel

Jon Bon Jovi’s Toronto-based group came up short in its attempt to buy the Bills franchise, and one key reason was its refusal to pledge to keep the team in Buffalo, reports John Kryk of the Toronto Sun. The clan’s bid was also uncompetitive, as the Pegula family ultimately won the team with a bid of $1.4 billion. But the Toronto group always stopped short of guaranteeing to keep the franchise in Western New York. Instead, per Kryk, it used coy phrases, writing in a statement that it “remain[ed] committed to working collaboratively” to keep the club in Buffalo. The team’s trust apparently read between the lines and deduced that Bon Jovi & Co. eventually planned to relocate the team to Canada. Here’s more from the AFC:

  • Save for Tommy Kelly, no player released by the Patriots as trimmed their roster to 53 made it on to another squad, writes Mike Reiss of, who asserts that perhaps New England wasn’t as deep team as some thought.
  • Reiss also notes that Armond Armstead, who retired in July, received $54K from the Patriots as part of an injury settlement.
  • J.J. Watt‘s extension with the Texans, which pays the defensive end $16.5MM annually, and Richard Quinn‘s $14.25MM/year deal with the Rams sets the market for edge rusher extensions, tweets former NFL executive Ari Nissim, who notes that the next wave of deal for 2011 first-rounders will likely be in the $12-13MM range.
  • With Jordan Cameron inactive and Josh Gordon suspended, the Browns could roll a few packages centered on Johnny Manziel in Week 2, according to Jason La Canfora of (Twitter link).

Armond Armstead Retires

Patriots defensive tackle Armond Armstead has announced his retirement, according to an article on the team’s website. The 23-year-old has battled an assortment of conditions throughout his career, resulting in him missing the entire 2013 season.

Coach Bill Belichick released a statement:

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.”

Armstead played three seasons with the USC Trojans, compiling 59 tackles and four sacks in 17 starts. The school’s staff would not medically clear him for the 2011 season, resulting in the player suing the school. Armstead claimed that a prescribed painkiller caused a heart attack.

After going undrafted in 2012, Armstead signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He was named to the league’s All-Star game after finishing with 43 tackles and six sacks. In early 2013, the Patriots inked the defensive lineman to a three-year deal. Prior to the 2013 season, he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. Belichick said that the player had undergone surgery to treat an infection but believed it had nothing to do with his previous heart ailment (via Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe).