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Jairus Byrd is the key to the off-season for the Buffalo Bills

There are two things that the Buffalo Bills must accomplish in the upcoming months to have a chance at the playoffs in 2014.

First, the Buffalo Bills must re-sign Jairus Byrd to a long-term deal.  The franchise tag just won’t do in this situation.  We saw what an elite safety means to a defense in the Super Bowl and Jairus is a must for that secondary.  Make him an offer he cannot refuse, give him a key to the city, rename Lake Erie after him, I don’t care; just keep him around for the long term.  I know the city of Buffalo is not a top ten destination for football players, but Doug Whaley needs to sell Jairus Byrd like the previous regime sold Mario Williams.

The second is tied into the first. The Buffalo Bills cannot mess up this draft and not re-signing Jairus Byrd means drafting an elite safety, signing Byrd allows them to concentrate on different areas.  Last year they traded down in the first round and got the man they wanted and also got starters in the second round.  This needs to be repeated.  The core is forming. We may be a year or so away, but if properly done, this team could contend for a wildcard spot as soon as 2014.

So who do the Bills draft in the first round?  I don’t know, but I do know that someone elite will slide down to the Bills. It happens every year. If they do not draft for need, but rather for talent, they should pick up a good starting player. Re-signing Byrd allows Doug Whaley and company the freedom to take on this strategy come May.


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  • Paul Kawalerski

    Andrew, although I appreciate your point, Jairus is not a make or break piece of the Buffalo puzzle. He is a great safety; yes. But, as we saw in the beginning of the season, while Jairus was dealing with his “Injury”, the secondary did just fine without him. Yes Jairus did nab his share of interceptions when he came back, but what safety would not have, given the pressure the D-Line dished out. I would not break the bank for this guy because in my opinion he is not the best safety in the league. One of the best yes; but not “The Best”. Make him a great offer, but don’t mortgage Buffalo’s future on this guy.

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  • David Clark

    I guess you have no interest in the Bills signing Louis Delmas, as a Plan B to Byrd? Personally, I’d provide Byrd with whatever their best offer is going to be… if he takes it, great! If not, then trade his rights if you can find any takers and sign Louis Delmas. Defense is going to be a little different next year…. Delmas may be better in run support than Byrd, anyways. I like Byrd a lot, but you can’t mortgage everything for him.

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