Dec. 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jordan Shipley (16) drops a pass while getting tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Jacksonville 34 to 18. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills to sign and trade Jairus Byrd?


Are the Buffalo Bills going to sign and trade their star safety?
With the signing period for Franchised tagged players coming to an end on July 15th, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the Bills and Byrd will not come to an agreement this spring to keep him in Buffalo for the long term. The two sides have not talked lately and as of now there are no plans that we know of to start talking.
So, what does that mean for the two sides?
Judging from Byrd’s comments in interviews with Chris Brown of buffalobills.com. Byrd wants to play for a winning team.
“You’ve just got to look at where the team is headed, what’s going on with the situation,” Byrd said.
Unfortunately I think Jairus has looked at the situation in Buffalo and has decided that this is not where he wants to play. With Eugene Parker, who helped orchestrate the Jason Peters holdout and trade, as his agent, I believe that we are in for more of the same. I don’t think that Byrd will sign his tag and I do believe that he will hold out as long as he can before he has to report.
Where does that leave the Bills? After next Monday they can hope that he signs his franchise tag or a different one year deal and then hope to sign him long term after the season. That leaves open the large possibility that he will become a free agent and the Bills get nothing back when he leaves. That’s why you try to complete a sign and trade before the season starts so that it doesn’t become a distraction to the team once the season begins.

Don’t kid yourselves folks, this team is still in the rebuilding stage. Further along for sure but still rebuilding. If we could get a first round draft choice ( or maybe more) for a player who is likely going to leave next year anyway, shouldn’t we do it?
If we do trade Byrd and receive some extra draft picks we could use them next year to move up in the draft for one the franchise Quarterbacks that are available. With that in mind, do we start EJ Manuel earlier to see what we have in him?
What do you think? Do we trade one of the best safeties in the league to make sure that we can shore up our Quarterback situation for the future? Let me know with your comments.

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  • Thomas Eric

    First off if he doesn’t want to be hear get him out. Secondly we have Manuel give him a chance before you throw out the idea of drafting a new franchise quarterback. 3rd why not use the pick to get a franchise offensive line man some one who will be able to protect our quarterback which has been a problem in the past

  • jack.1414

    Trade him to Detroit! They need a better safety to help out the secondary and would probably give up a 1st or 2nd to do so.

  • chas territo

    TE, you are confused and confusing. I don’t have anything more to say to you as it would be wasted on you. GO BILLS!!

  • Thomas Eric

    How am I confused? Article suggests trading Byrd for a pick and drafting a new quarterback doesn’t make sense E.J has a huge upside and from what I see looks strong and has great presence in the looker room (I work camp) if you get a pick for Byrd you draft a position of need.

  • chas territo

    How/confused/you? Today I went to Fisher college And saw EJ up close! He was on target and ran better than YOU think. We have our QB, he is EJ!! As far as Byrd and trading him, sour. Grapes on your part!! Byrd will eventually sign, so trading him is a dumb idea! I hope in ur insecure mind you now understand why I think ur confused and confusing reality with fantasy! Please, if you reply, do so with respect and some kind of clarity, thank you. GO BILLS!!

  • Thomas Eric

    Chas you make no sense I said he exact same thing about Ej THE article suggests getting another qb not me and as far Byrd if he doesn’t want to be here why should we pay him the money he wants? Doesn’t make sense to pay for a half hearted player

  • chas territo

    Thomas, my apology to you. I misread your reply. Anger does that. I was pissed at the article and mis took it as your remark. DUMB! And yes, i saw EJ at Fisher College on Saturday.H looked very good!! I left feeling “he is the MAN”, not just our QB!! Byrd, i think pay him only what the Bills offer, no more, if he doesn’t like it, too bad, he’s locked in for a year. If he signs late in the pre-season, “I” would sit him on the bench for the first couple of regular season games, punish his ungrateful ass! GO BILLS!!

  • Thomas Eric

    Apology accepted I don’t want any beef with a fellow fan save the hatred for the patriots …. I say we should trade him for a few picks to be honest why not get something good in return whether than risk him leaving in free agency

  • chas territo

    Thomas, great, I’m outspoken, upfront, responsible and let the chips fall, no matter how they’re received! And yes, I get a lot of shit from people, I will never apologize for who or what I do. Byrd, if he comes in 2 games or less before the regular season stars I’d sit his ass on the bench till the 3rd or4 th game, then in the off season, rob some team of player or draft picks, ant combo they can get! GO BILLS!!