NFL Rumors: Jairus Byrd

Rams in hunt for Jairus Byrd? 

March, 8, 2014
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High-profile free agent safety Jairus Byrd is expected to have no shortage of suitors when free agency opens next Tuesday. The Cleveland Browns (depending on what happens with free agent safety T.J. Ward) and Philadelphia Eagles are teams that will likely seriously consider acquiring Byrd. His current team, the Buffalo Bills, aren't entirely out of the question, either. The St. Louis Rams, whose need at safety was not thought to be incredibly glaring, look like they could be in the mix as well.
Like many teams, the Atlanta Falcons should be interested in signing free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, since the Buffalo Bills opted against using their franchise tag on him. The Falcons are expected to have somewhere in the vicinity of $18 million in cap space at this time, but they could clear some more space by releasing players like Thomas DeCoud or by reworking some contracts.

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Franchise tag certainty for Byrd? 

February, 22, 2014
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It's not the most groundbreaking of news but it's now clear the Buffalo Bills will use the franchise tag on elite safety Jairus Byrd, if necessary.

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Trade prospects for Byrd 

September, 5, 2013
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The drama between safety Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills remains ongoing as their season opener nears. In fact, he reportedly is trying to orchestrate a trade.

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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.

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Bills could franchise Jairus Byrd again 

August, 21, 2013
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Safety Jairus Byrd finally signed his franchise tender Tuesday. It's a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Byrd and the Buffalo Bills could be staring down another contract standoff less than a year from now.

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Bills talk Jairus Byrd's absence 

July, 27, 2013
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Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd has been a starter for the team since they picked him in the second round of the 2009 draft, but that streak may be in jeopardy. Byrd was a free agent this offseason, and though the Bills slapped him with the franchise tag to ensure he wouldn't leave town, Byrd has yet to sign his contract, and has yet to take part in the team's training camp.

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Byrd saga takes another turn 

July, 25, 2013
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With training camps getting started around the league, we're keeping our eye on certain spots where there are players absent for one reason or another. One of those destinations is Pittsford, NY, where the Buffalo Bills are convening for training camp, with or without an appearance by franchise-tagged S Jairus Byrd. So will we be seeing him on the field anytime soon?

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The next deadline for Byrd 

July, 16, 2013
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Contract negotiations are a two-way street, so regardless of whether one takes the side of the team or the player involved, the bottom line is that when a deal isn't struck, both parties are at fault to some degree. Such is the case with the Buffalo Bills and franchise-tagged S Jairus Byrd, after Monday's deadline for franchise-taggee contracts passed with no pact for Byrd. As a result, he can only play out the 2013 season on that one-year tender. But the drama isn't over yet.

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Byrd's plan after failure to reach deal 

July, 15, 2013
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UPDATE: A holdout hasn't been predetermined in the case of Jairus Byrd. Byrd may still sign the Bills' franchise tender and report to training camp.

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Safety Jairus Byrd has yet to sign his franchise tender, but it doesn't sound like he is going to get a long-term extension prior to Monday's deadline, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com.

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If an NFL team used their franchise tag on a player this offseason, they have until next Monday to sign him to a long-term deal, or that player will complete the 2013 campaign under the one-year contract allotted via the franchise tag.

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, Denver Broncos LT Ryan Clady, Kansas City Chiefs LT Branden Albert, Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson, Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton, Buffalo Bills S Jairus Byrd, Miami Dolphins DT Randy Starks and Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer all have been tagged by their respective teams.

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Could Byrd be traded? 

July, 5, 2013
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With the Buffalo Bills' negotiations with franchise-tagged S Jairus Byrd seemingly going nowhere ahead of the July 15 deadline, the uncertainty as to his future employment with the team beyond 2013 is up in the air. If no deal is reached by the deadline, Byrd must play out the upcoming campaign on the one-year franchise tender, and get back to the negotiating table after the season has concluded. But what if another possibility exists, one where Byrd is dealt to another team (that's willing to meet his contract demands)?

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Checking in on Byrd 

July, 1, 2013
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As with any of the other franchise-tagged players this offseason, Jairus Byrd has until July 15 (two weeks from today) to get a multi-year contract worked out with his team, otherwise he must play out the 2013 campaign on the one-year tender. Byrd -- like Denver's Ryan Clady -- has resisted signing that tender thus far, so he hasn't been with the team as they break in new HC Doug Marrone. So is there any chance that Byrd will get his multi-year deal by the deadline, or will this holdout continue?

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Progress on a Melton deal? 

June, 17, 2013
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As one of the players to be designated with the franchise tag this offseason, the immediate future for Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton isn't so bad. If nothing else happens between now and the regular season, he'll earn $8.45 million for his work during the 2013 campaign. But as with any of his fellow taggees, he'd prefer to have more long-term security.

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