- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East:
The Buffalo Bills are ready to have extension talks with pending free-agent safety Jairus Byrd.
Morning take: No surprise here. Byrd is Buffalo’s top free agent and time is running out before he hits the open market. The Bills need to know if they can re-sign him to a long-term contract or use the one-year franchise tag.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has made it clear he wants No. 1 corner Darrelle Revis.
Morning take: Ryan and Revis have always had a good relationship, and the coach needs his best player more than ever. Ryan will enter 2013 on the hot seat and it will be tougher to win without Revis on defense.
There are conflicting reports on whether the Miami Dolphins will use the franchise tag on cornerback Sean Smith.
Morning take: Smith is not a top-five corner, so it would be an unwise move for Miami. The Dolphins need corners but doesn’t need to spend more than $10 million on Smith.
Could the New England Patriots take Florida safety Matt Elam in the first round of the NFL draft?
Morning take: The University of Florida pipeline is strong in New England, and safety is a big need. Elam is an athletic enforcer who can make plays in the middle of the field.