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Report: Bills open contract talks with Jairus Byrd

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The Bills have spent a lot of time talking about whether or not they need a new quarterback, so much that General Manager Buddy Nix got upset about Ryan Fitzpatrick questions during his own radio show.

Quarterback isn’t the only position on a football team, of course, and the Bills aren’t letting the Fitzpatrick decision get in the way of making sure they are well stocked elsewhere on the roster. James Walker of ESPN.com reports that the Bills have started talking about a contract extension with safety Jairus Byrd.

Per Walker, no deal is imminent. Byrd can become a free agent after this season so it makes sense that the Bills would try to lock him up before he can hit the open market. Byrd has made a strong impact on the Buffalo defense since they made him a second-round pick in the 2009 draft. Byrd led the league in interceptions as a rookie while making the Pro Bowl and has stayed at a similar level of play over the last three years as well.

If the Bills can’t work out a long-term deal with Byrd, he’d definitely be a candidate for the franchise tag. Safeties of his caliber would draw a lot of attention on the open market and the Bills would surely prefer Byrd didn’t wind up in another uniform in 2013 and beyond.

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6 Responses to “Report: Bills open contract talks with Jairus Byrd”
  1. flakeybiscuits says: Nov 30, 2012 11:55 AM

    awesome. I would absolutely hate to see this guy walk at the end of this season. So talented

  2. supremekingz says: Nov 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    Pretty good safety. If the Bills don’t sign him, I’m sure the Saints or Panthers would

  3. andrewfbrowne says: Nov 30, 2012 12:12 PM

    That interception against the Dolphins he made was one of the best plays I have seen all year. Bills defense has played much better the last couple of weeks and he is always around the ball.

  4. slclions says: Nov 30, 2012 12:40 PM

    Best player on our team…oh havent you heard…Mr. Bird is the word

  5. EJ says: Nov 30, 2012 1:02 PM

    Just as andrewfbrowne said, the interception by Byrd in the Dolphins game was unbelievable! The angle that the camera had looked like the ball sailed over both Byrd and the Dolphins receiver. Everybody thought it was an incomplete pass… Until the second camera angle was shown… Byrd flew in out of nowhere and made one of the best diving interceptions I have ever seen. Byrd is an all around solid Safety, definitely one of the top 5 Safeties in the league hands down. Byrd had an amazing rookie season, followed by a solid year and has made his mark this year on the field. He was a draft day steal, a hidden gem that was plucked early in the second round in 09. The third Safety taken that draft, but definitely the best of the bunch. Besides the lousy draft bust Aaron Maybin, the Bills did very well that year with Wood, Byrd and Levitre.

  6. jsinsabaugh2 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    poor byrd… he should leave and go to a team that has the chance to do something. the bills have only sniffed the playoffs once in 14 years! and all they had to do was beat the steelers 3rd stringers and couldnt .. until they get serious about a QB its not changing. by the time they get a guy all the young talent will be old and the cycle will repeat

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