Nov. 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) runs the ball after a fumble recovery against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

How Late is Too Late For Byrd

Jairus Byrd has has a remarkable career so far, for such a young NFLer. In only 4 years Byrd has amassed 18 INTs and 10 Forced Fumbles. However, his rookie contract has expired and the Buffalo Bills slapped the Franchise Tender on him for this upcoming season. Now Byrd doesn’t have to sign it and could potentially sit out a year, but the more realistic scenario sees Byrd sign a long term deal sometime just before or during the early stages of Training Camp.

I say this because with Fitzpatrick signing with the Titans this year, part of his cap numbers give the Bills more flexibility as of June 2nd. Once his $7.25 million is removed from the books, the Bills will have over $19million in cap room. Approximately $1.65million will go to E.J. Manuel, BUT this will give the Bills lots of room to work with in signing Byrd.

Byrd comes from a family of NFL players and understands not only the business side, but the team aspect as well, so how late will too late be?  If he is not signed before the 2nd pre-season game, I figure it is time to get nervous. Byrd will need the reps in Pettine’s system and if 2 pre-season games are missed, (because his agent is Eugene Parker) don’t expect Parker/Byrd to crack once the regular season inches closer after that second exhibition game. For the sake of the Bills organization, Byrd needs to be at camp to understand the system and to get involved with his teammates. He is THE playmaker the Bills need on defense.

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