The good news: Buffalo reached a contract agreement with second-round pick Jairus Byrd on a four-year contract, including $2.4 million in guaranteed money.
The bad news: Byrd will be on the sidelines for the next two weeks after surgery for a sports hernia two weeks ago.
The Buffalo News writes that the Bills have “designs” on Byrd winning a starting job at free safety, but this setback will make it more difficult.
If Byrd is eased into the lineup, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott should remain the Week One starters.
The local paper believes Whitner will switch to strong safety when Byrd gets to play, despite a FOXSports.com report to the contrary earlier this offseason that did not go over well in Buffalo. (We’ve since hugged it out. We think.)
[Editor’s note: Hey, Rosenthal. You made the mess with Whitner. I cleaned it up. Please don’t knock the dustpan out of my hands.]
Buffalo also waived former Patriots receiver P.K. Sam Wednesday.