NFL notebook: Browns sign veteran quarterback Young
The Browns signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.
Young was given a tryout this week at Browns' three-day minicamp and showed enough to earn a deal.
The team also signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
The 30-year-old Young made two Pro Bowls during his five seasons with Tennessee, which drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2006.
Young last played for Philadelphia and is 31-19 as an NFL starter.
He spent parts of the past two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay.
The 6-foot-5, 229-pounder will move into a backup role behind Brian Hoyer, who is expected to begin next season as Cleveland's starter.
The Browns likely are to use a high draft pick on a quarterback next week.
Thigpen started 11 games for Kansas City in 2008.
Report: Developer eyes Bills
Two people familiar with discussions have confirmed New York City developer Howard Milstein has expressed interest in purchasing the Bills and keeping them in Western New York.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because Milstein hasn't publicly revealed his intentions. Citing an unnamed person, Buffalo's WGRZ-TV on Thursday first named Milstein as an ownership candidate.
The Bills will be put on the market following the death of owner Ralph Wilson in March.
Milstein previously co-owned the New York Islanders from 1998-2000. In 1999, he withdrew a bid to purchase the Washington Redskins after failing to get support from a majority of NFL owners.
As New York State Thruway chairman, Milstein has ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and he also controls large undeveloped plots of land in Niagara Falls.
Around the league
Eli Manning will miss all of the New York Giants' spring activities. General manager Jerry Reese said Thursday that Manning's left ankle surgery will keep him “out of spring ball,” and that the team will not rush back its starting quarterback. Manning's primary backup last year, Curtis Painter, recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and is out for about a month. He could be back for the team's minicamp in June. ... The Cowboys have signed receiver LaRon Byrd, who originally signed with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent two years ago. ... Tight end Bear Pascoe, who made six starts for the Giants last season, has signed with the Falcons.
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