- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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It should be an exciting week with the start of NFL free agency. Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison said he’s open to signing with the New England Patriots.
Morning take: New England could use another pass-rusher. Harrison won't come cheap. The Patriots have bigger needs on defense and need to use their resources in the secondary.
Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd could be seeking a $40 million contract this offseason.
Morning take: Buffalo has most of the leverage after using the one-year franchise tag. But with free agency set to begin, extension talks with Byrd will be put on hold for a while.
Miami Dolphins could be interested in free-agent wide receiver Brandon Gibson.
Morning take: Gibson sounds like Mike Wallace insurance. The Dolphins already re-signed Brian Hartline and have Davone Bess in the slot. If Wallace signs elsewhere, Gibson could be Plan B.
The New York Jets could target Dallas Cowboys free agent linebacker Victor Butler.
Morning take: Butler was a backup in Dallas, and the Jets are looking for cheaper alternatives. The Jets do not have the cap room to make a splash in free agency and need to get creative with less-proven players like Butler.