Dec 8, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Buffalo Bills 27-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Byrd’s Possibilities are shrinking – Bills Gaining Ground

Jairus Byrd has been the talk of the town as far as whether or not he will be back in Buffalo or will be seeking new employment.  Byrd was reported to turn down, what was a lucrative contract that the Bills offered but it fell short of his 9 million dollar a year asking price.

There are only  a couple of teams that are able to pay that for a coverage safety and even less that are willing to pay it.  The Browns were reported to be interested in Byrd as well as the the Redskins and Miami.  Miami has recently dropped out and Washington has reported that they can’t or won’t pay Byrd’s asking price.

Where it gets interesting is that the team that is and was the front running for Byrd, the Cleveland Browns, have reportedly come to an agreement with former Bills safety and 49er Donte Whitner.  If Whitner is signed by the Browns, where does this leave Byrd and who are his suitors.

Buffalo is still there and hasn’t moved.  If Byrd loses all of his major suitors, does he come back to Buffalo.  Is this the game that the Bills were hoping would unfold for them; Byrd’s asking price was just too high that it scared every one away.  It is a good possibility.

Either way with the Browns close with Whitner, one less is available for Byrd.  One step closer for the Bills.

It is after 4 so the game clock is on.  Stay tuned to BLD to see what happens.


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  • NWBill

    I think the Bills, and Doug Whaley, were smart in letting him test free agency. You can could on one hand the number of teams willing to invest 9 mil a year on a safety – even a Pro Bowl player …and the Bills knew this. I think the reason they didn’t tag him this time was to create a safety valve in case he didn’t get the contract he’s obviously looking for on the open market. This is a significant management change for the Bills; if this were still Buddy Nix’s team, Jairus would have been signed to the money he wants by now – no matter what it does to the team finance-wise. I think the Bills gave Byrd a fair offer; Whaley is obviously a different type of GM than what the team has had in the past – and it’s going to be a plus for Buffalo, whether Byrd comes back or not. This is a league with a salary cap, and players like Byrd need to learn what that means, and whether it’s more important to get some magical # on a contract, or try to be in the best situation to win. I would think that a guy like Byrd would be salivating at the chance to play for a guy like Jim Schwartz – who might be even better than Mike Pettine at putting his defensive players in the right spots to be successful, but ….you never know what’s going to happen.