With a deal left on the table for Jairus Byrd, and the hopes that Byrd will return left at the waist side and Free Agency is just a couple of days away the Bills made a move to secure part of their back two.
The Bills are also still looking forward. Buffalo offered a contract extension to their other Safety Aaron Williams, who accepted.
“Aaron Williams is a versatile player who has grown into a key playmaker for our defense in recent years,” said Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley. “He had an extremely productive season for our defense in 2013. Aaron is the type of young, core player we targeted early in the process to retain for years to come and this will be our philosophy moving forward. By building on his improved play in 2013, we expect Aaron to continue to grow into a key contributor for the Bills organization.”
Williams was one of their more product players last year, and with his signing, there is a nice sense that the Bills are not trying to make the same mistakes as the past.
Doug Whaley and the Buffalo Bills are keeping the door open for a contract agreement that could come with them and Byrd at the 11th hour. Whether they are hopeful that this could occur, or are just saying to promote a position to the fans, we will have to wait and see.
From what I understand, there was a lucrative contract on the table for Byrd and he walked away from it basically stating that he wants to be the highest paid safety, which he could receive from the Browns or the Bucs, who are two of the top teams in contention for Byrd if it goes to Free Agency.