Oct 9, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Jarius Byrd (31) reacts after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Is Byrd being selfish?


Jarius Byrd held out at the beginning of the year and missed most of training camp due to the inability to come to an agreement with the Buffalo Bills organization on a contract.  For that matter he missed out on a long term contract with the Bills because he waited so long to accept and is now only signed to a one year contact which will make him a free agent again at the end of the year.  Some of the issue is with the Bills organization as well but no one will really know accept for Byrd and the Bills, what went on in negotiations.

As for right now,  Byrd has been injured since he came back to practice with a foot injury.  He now is saying that he will not play until he is 100%.  Is this selfish of him, with the situation that the Bills are in at the DB spot?

“No,” Byrd said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I mean, I don’t want to see them do bad. I’ve said that since Day One. But me going out there at less than 100 percent isn’t going to help the case, either. I can’t do anything about it. That’s the tough part.”

With Gilmore and Brooks out and McKelvin having hamstring issues, the Bills may look to move Aaron Williams back to the corner spot to help alleviate some of the issues of depth.  Personally, with 6 safeties on the roster, this move should have been made a while ago.

I think Byrd is being a little selfish in that, whether it has to do with the contract issues that happened or his injury or the Bills organization in all, Byrd has made it clear that things will happen on his timeline whether or not is helps the Bills out.

Tags: Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills Jarius Byrd

  • chas territo

    No matter what he does or doesn’t do, he will be vilified!Too bad for the eam. Personally, I think if he is still injured, not playing is the smart thing.After all it’s his body. We, the fans are the selfish ones!! GO BILLS!!

  • Zachary Alexander

    Byrd is not being selfish, he just wants to get paid what he knows he believes his worth to be in terms of next year’s contract. He is a young player, essentially at the fork in the road for a talented, young player on a mediocre team, so his decision has to be something that will be best for him in the future. That being said, he would gain absolutely nothing from playing at anything less than 100%. It would hurt him and us as a team. We just have to man the storm…and complete some f%^&*$# deep passes.

  • chas territo

    Zach, why did you reply? I never said Byrd was selfish, I said we, the fans are selfish.I hope/know you can read, but not sure you understand what you read by your reply?? GO BILLS!!

  • John

    Do you believe he’s worth the money he’s asking for?

  • chas territo

    Every player is worth whatever they get, even Byrd. Having said that, he is not worth what he’s asking, but he is worth whatever the Bills give him. Thankfully the Bills don’t think he’s worth what he’s asking. John it’s simple, look around every pro sports leagues and teams, we may think players get too much money, but really we don’t matter because we are not paying them. Whatever they get, they deserve, it’s a case of owners overpaying to make fans happy they kept said player(s) on their respective rosters. Hate all you or I want ,but that is the way of the not so FREE MARKET! GO BILLS!!