Monday, August 26, 2013
Tension remains between Byrd, Bills
By Tom Carpenter
UPDATE: Jairus Byrd is not a happy camper. The franchised safety of the Buffalo Bills wants a trade and to be paid as the top safety in the NFL. This may be an example of a player forcing himself out of his current situation.
"My take on Jairus Byrd's news conference today: He doesn't want to play for the Bills anymore, but he happens to play for them now," Tim Graham of BuffaloNews.com tweeted.
Byrd hasn't publicly acknowledged his demands for a trade, but he didn't deny them either.
"I'm going to leave the private matters of the business side between us," Byrd told Graham. "But I don't really want to comment on other things."
If Byrd is traded, it will likely take place in the next five days before the Bills lose their roster exemption the NFL granted Thursday.
The Buffalo Bills got Jairus Byrd back after he finally signed his franchise tender this week. However, they also asked for a roster exemption that would last into the regular season, so that if they felt Byrd wasn't ready for game action, they would have an extra roster spot to use in his stead. However, the NFL only granted that exemption through the regular season, according to the Associated Press.
Per the AP, "One of the reasons Byrd signed this week was to avoid missing regular-season games. The exemption granted by the NFL begins Tuesday, when teams are required to cut their rosters to 75 players. It does not extend past Aug. 31, when teams have to establish their 53-player rosters."
In other words, Byrd's decision was largely based on necessity, and it appears that he remains unsatisfied with the situation.
"Believe this: Jairus Byrd is not thrilled about returning to the Buffalo Bills on their terms," wrote Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. "... [M]ultiple sources tell me considerable animosity remains between Byrd and the front office and that the toxicity flows both ways over his franchise-tag saga."
It makes you wonder how bad things could get next summer, if the Bills decide to slap him with the franchise tag for a second consecutive season.