With negotiations between Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills slowly becoming the elephant in the room, I feel the need to speak my mind on the situation and “Let The Byrd Loose”.
I have to be blunt with you; Jairus Byrd is not worth $40 million. No safety is worth that much money. That being said, the Buffalo Bills will do just fine without him with Mike Pettine’s strong coaching and a healthy, explosive offense. Due to the lack of communication between the Buffalo Bills and Byrd, along with his absence from Minicamp, OTA’s and Training Camp, his future with Buffalo seems to be coming to an end.
If I were in the position of Russ Brandon and Doug Whaley, I would strongly consider signing, then trading Byrd for a handful of early picks in the 2014 NFL draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay has preached about the depth of talent in this class which the Buffalo Bills can use to their advantage by drafting a versatile and athletic linebacker/defensive end to compliment the interior defensive line, physical Cornerback to compliment Stephon Gilmore, or another offensive weapon to add to E.J.’s arsenal at wide receiver or running back.
One must also consider the looming contracts of CJ Spiller, Eric Wood, and Marcell Dareus in the next two years. If you combine these facts with Aaron Williams recent move to safety, his ball hawk ability and his ability to stop the run, it only makes sense to invest in the future of the Buffalo Bills next year rather than Jairus Byrd’s future alone. Next year will be huge for Buffalo because we have the chance to add another layer to the foundation and stability addressed by the 2013 draft. I’m sure my comments have angered some devoted Buffalo Bills fans so let the Byrd loose and please comment below.