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Source: Brad Smith jumps to Bills

Updated: July 29, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Jets suffered their first significant free-agent defection of 2011, with all-purpose star Brad Smith agreeing to a four-year, $15 million contract Thursday with the Buffalo Bills, according to a league source.

Free agents can start signing contracts Friday.

Surprisingly, the Jets didn't make an offer to Smith, a source said. The Jets' interest in free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha may have indirectly cost them a chance to make a serious bid for him.

Because ...

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