Nov 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) in action against the Houston Texans in the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Bills 21-9. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Poll, Should the Buffalo Bills try to trade Jairus Byrd?


I know I’ve been a little negative in my coverage of the Jairus Byrd situation. So I would like to hear your comments on the situation.
With training camp coming up and no word from the Byrd coop on if he will be attending camp or not, should the Buffalo Bills try and trade him now so that the situation does not become a distraction to the rest of the team while they are trying to learn new systems?
If Byrd decides he is going to sit out for the majority of camp and the pre-season, how quickly will he be able to get up to speed in Mike Pettine’s new system? There are going to be many new wrinkles to adapt to out of the same basic defenses. If there is a corner blitz called and he is not aware that he needs to pick up the receiver a big play will result. It only takes one or two big plays to turn a football game around.
Say he holds out for all of training camp and most of the pre-season will Pettine even be willing to let him on the field.
Byrd could end up as one very expensive backup player.

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Should the Bills try to trade Jairus Byrd?

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  • Bill

    Byrd is unquestionably one of the best free safeties in the NFL, he should be paid as such.

  • John

    Byrd I think is one of the top safeties in the league but this new coaching staff may want to see how he takes to their new defensive scheme. If he plays well in the way they want him too more than likely will sign and this offseason will be forgotten.

  • Jaclyn

    no he dose not want to stay in buffalo. and he wants too much

  • Graham Corrie

    The Bills were willing to pay him as ONE of the best in the league. Byrd refused that because he wanted to be paid as the best in the league.

  • Johnrockman

    John is right. The new personally does not know how he will fit. He is definately an elite safety and I think he will thrive in the new defense if it blitzes a lot. His stats int and tackles will go way up. Better pay him sooner rather than later or it will cost u top of the league safety money. I think 10 mil or so might b too much for him. 7-8 a year would b more fair considering that his stats r not elite but his technique and play r. The team is trying to save money using the tag but there is no guarantee it will work. Byrd is demanding top safety pay because he was not paid much by the organization for his play 500000 last year. From a business perspective it might b cheaper to trade him but only if the price is right. His expensive contract would b more justifiable if we were a more competitive team. This tag might b more of a delay to c if he can lead the defense to a playoff berth

  • Johnrockman

    He will play anywhere for the right price because he has never had a real nfl payday

  • EKowalc1973

    Would like to see the Bills keep him as he is a great safety, but with the CAP and the upcoming contracts of Spiller and a few others, there is no harm in seeing what they can get for him now to keep money open for the other needed names on the team….would like to see him stay though…

  • thefootballexpert

    The Bills are going to lose Byrd after the season anyway, they may as well trade him now when he is at his highest trade value. You know the Bills organization is run by a bunch of ratards. They NEVER retain anybody. They’re too stupid to even know how to present a contract, let alone get a free agent to sign it. Look at their track record. Levetrie was the latest casualty. If the Bills wait until after the season they lose all leverage for a trade. The other teams will just wait and sign him as a free agent and won’t have to give up anything to get him. An ALL PRO for free. Now how can you beat that, an all pro for nothing. That’s why other teams win and the Bills haven’t sniffed the playoffs since the end of WW 2. LOL

  • thefootballexpert

    I would like to see the Bills trade him to either San Fran, Denver, or the Pats. The guy proved himself and deserves a chance to get a ring. He will never get that chance if he stays with the lowly Bungling Bills. If he stays in Buffalo he won’t even experience what it’s like to play in the post season. Let him out of football
    h,e,l,l, (that’s what they call Buffalo around the league), so he can have FUN playing the game. Winning is fun, Losing all the time is h,e,l,l. Don’t ruin his career by forcing him to stay in Buffalo with the franchise tag.

  • thefootballexpert

    Trade him to San Fran for a 7th round draft choice. San Fran will pay the man what he deserves. They’re a playoff team they know what it takes, unlike the pathetic BIlls.

  • thefootballexpert

    Jackie, can you blame him? NO ONE wants to stay in Buffalo, (the armpit of the east). I’m sure if you could afford to leave Buffalo you would be on the first plane out of that h,e,l,l, hole.
    I wouldn’t wish Buffalo on my worst enemy. You know what they say, Buffalo may not be the end of the world but you can see it from there!

  • Zachary Alexander

    Regardless of how good Byrd is, he is not worth $40 million. If Spiller asked for $40 million next year I feel pretty confident that the Bills would reach a deal with him. You have to remember that he only plays the safety position, no safety is worth that kind of money because don’t forget Byrd played for one of the worst defenses in the league. A $40 million safety would have made a defense better but Byrd did not.