Yesterday, free agency opened with a bang. The Bills re-signed both kicker Dan Carpenter and also TE Mike Caussin. The big word on twitter was that of Jairus Byrd and what he might be doing. With safeties being picked up in the beginning the likelihood that Byrd would find his price was beginning to grow thin.
Word then came that Byrd was heading to the New Orleans Saints shortly after the Saints lost their safety, Malcolm Jenkins. Question on whether or not the Saints would have the cap room began to circle at this point. I made a statement on twitter that if Byrd was to sign with the Saints or any other team, and it was for a similar amount or less than what Buffalo had offered him, the we would know Byrd’s true colors.
Byrd’s deal comes out to be a 6 year deal worth 54 million a year. It looks as though, Byrd did get his asking price out of the New Orleans Saints with more than half of it guaranteed.
Where does this leave the Bills? The Bills still have the option to bring back Jim Leonhard, which looks to be more of a possibility now. The next top ranking safety based on NFL.coms free agent rankings is Chris Clemons, who is a strong safety, the position that Aaron Williams is slated in. The Bills also have Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Da’Norris Searcy in their safety corps. Could one of these guys be able to step in and play? Possible yes but no Byrd. The next best free safety available is that of Kedrick Lewis and as the NFL describes him “a 25 year old that has played 56 games with competence”.
I think that at this point the Bills look to the TE position and the OL and bring back Leonhard and wait until next season or look to address it in the draft.