Sep 18, 2011; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers (83) tries to elude Buffalo Bills cornerback Jairus Byrd (31) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeated the Raiders 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Jairus Byrd Can See Himself Out Of Buffalo

As training camp is literately days away Bills fans heard the news that Jairus Byrd will not be reporting this weekend. The report from Tim Graham had said he was told Byrd would not be at St John Fisher with the rest of his teammates. That was it for me and as far as I’m concerned he’s as good as gone.

Along with the report that came out about him not attending the start of training camp the news that said he hasn’t even been in contact with the Bills in over a month is just terrible. What in anyway shape or form tells you that this guy wants to be back with this team. This guy has gone from a player I liked to watch and follow to guy I will now care less about.

Another thing that just has me thinking is how a player can just hold out and not play with money sitting on the table. In Byrd’s case he is still looking at 6.9 million if he plays under the tag. You have kids that are doing everything possible to even get that chance to play in the NFL and we have players rejecting nearly 7 million? I know he is looking for stability and the guaranteed money but does Byrd really deserve all that money yet? In no way am I saying he’s not in the top 5 of his position but the new coaching staff I believe wants to see him play in their new system. Will he continue to play very well or will he just blend in with the rest of the secondary. This obviously isn’t something Jairus wants but I think it’s fair.

So as we wait till this weekend when camp starts Byrd will definitely be thinking if he’s truly making the right choice. With his agent fully engaged I don’t think he really can say nor do anything now. If I were the Bills I wouldn’t even let him play should he finally report. Show players that nobody is going to bully the team around. To really prove a point even though it would never happen I would also franchise him again next year. The Bills wouldn’t because of the money but I would then just bench him and let him watch from the sidelines. I hope the NFL can eventually do something to eliminate these cases one day because I believe it doesn’t look good. What do you think about Byrd?

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  • Ca1177

    Wow. This is truly a travesty of an article. Not only is your headline not relevant to what you have written, but it’s extremely misleading as you make it seem like Byrd has been quoted somewhere saying he could see himself leaving Buffalo.

  • Paul Kawalerski

    I totally agree. It’s not like the Bills have said they don’t want him. Putting the franchise tag on a player is the ultimate compliment. Yes I understand the risks involved for the player having to play for 1 year without long term security, but this is the system approved by the league and the players. Byrd is the only player that did not sign his tender this year. If he hold out until regular season and then reports, I would let him set 2-3 games until he studies some film and gets up to speed. If he holds out more than that, let him ride the bench the rest of the season.

    You definitely want to send a message here. Byrd is not irreplaceable. He could have signed his tender, played the season, and proved himself to be a top safety. I’m totally with the Bills on this one. The league also needs to correct this problem.

  • John

    You can honestly see this guy coming back or agree what’s going on? Would you want this guy on your team when he thinks he could just take advantage of the organization?

  • John

    Yea definitely, this is something you do not want to show the new guys coming in and could have problems down the road. Just play the game. 7 million dollars on the table.

  • chas territo

    He said, She said!! It don’t matter who said what, this is a problem for both Byrd and the Bills. Byrd, bottom line has to be on the team as soon as yesterday. Not showing up to camp is immature, stupid, a gamble and a slap in the face to the organization!! Playing this game is not one bit smart! He has a College Degree of some sort, right? Looking at what he’s doing shows a College Degree does not prove a person, especially Byrd is not smart. Holding out till near the start of the season will tell the Bills he is selfishly unworthy of being on the team and it is disrespecting him, teammates and the whole of the organization. If it comes down to him showing up for the start of the season to get his pay, don’t suit him up, make it mandatory for him to sit on the bench every game and pout while watching his ex-team play. Yes, punish him!! No player is bigger than the team! I agree with the writer about this, but take it one step further as i stated! Eff him, punish the beyatch!! GO BILLS!!