With the trade deadline coming up, the Bills have a decision to make as to whether or not Jairus Byrd is a rented player this year.
The likelihood that Byrd will be back in a Bills uniform next year is slim to none, unless they decide to put the franchise tag on him again this year and deal with him holding out again during training camp.
What is the likelihood that Byrd will be traded. Back in the beginning of the season, it was probably a lot higher than it is now. Back on October 11th, Doug Whaley said that they were open to trading Byrd, who also stated he would not mind a new uniform, but that they were not going to be shopping around either.
“Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills,” Whaley said Thursday, per The Associated Press. “We are not actively on the phone hammering out trying to look for a trade. By the same token, (team president) Russ Brandon would listen if someone wanted to trade.
“So if the phone rings, we’re going to listen. But that doesn’t mean we’re out trying to trade.”
Mike Florio, from pft.com doesn’t believe that Byrd holds enough value at this point in time to warrant a trade by really anyone.
“Despite being in a contract year (thanks to the franchise tag), Byrd’s injuries — and possibly a desire to avoid the kind of injury that will keep him from cashing in next year — have kept him from making an impact. The chatter has been out there for a few weeks, but anyone who trades for Byrd can’t sign him to a long-term deal until after the regular season ends, at the earliest”.
At this point, I have to agree with Florio and don’t think that anything is really going to happen with Byrd and him going anywhere. The value is not high enough, unless the Bills are just looking to get rid of him and will take minimal value at this point. With them having 6 safeties on the roster, there is a small possibility that this could happen but likely will not.