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Jairus Byrd not expected to attend Bills workouts

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The team conditioning work that’s starting Tuesday in Buffalo is voluntary.

So it’s no surprise Bills safety Jarius Byrd is opting to not attend the workouts, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Byrd’s one of two unsigned franchise-tag recipients this offseason, along with Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady. And since Byrd hasn’t signed his $6.9 million contract, he’s apparently not going to be making any of the voluntary sessions until he gets a new long-term deal.

Six of the eight players who were tagged this offseason signed their deals, guaranteeing their (large) salaries in a year when the free agent market failed to live up to expectations for most. Since he’s not under contract, the only interesting part will be what happens when the Bills convene a mandatory minicamp in June.

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6 Responses to “Jairus Byrd not expected to attend Bills workouts”
  1. followme2boston says: Apr 15, 2013 8:06 AM

    Byrd’s agent Eugene Parker and the Bills do not have a good history together. Parker was the same agent that strong-armed the Bills into trading Jason Peters and Parker’s guys seem to hold out a lot.

  2. EJ says: Apr 15, 2013 9:02 AM

    The Bills will have him signed to a long term deal before Training Camp, he’s too important to the team’s success.

  3. kgun80 says: Apr 15, 2013 10:05 AM

    Just get the deal done .. Sign the guy long term. This is starting to remind me of the issue we had with Winfield quality person and player who just wants what he’s worth. We need him he can be a guy to build around for years to come.

  4. toddsage1billsfan says: Apr 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    Ok….we get a franchise guy who is top 3 at his position in the ENTIRE NFL and we won’t give him a long-term deal!! Agree with kgun80…PAY THE MAN!

  5. dabillsrule says: Apr 15, 2013 9:14 PM

    I agree that you should be paid. They need to lock him up. However, even though these workouts are deemed “voluntary”, Jarius and everybody else in the league should be there bright and early at the first opportunity. Nothing should be viewed as voluntary when you are a professional.

  6. luponatrix says: Apr 16, 2013 8:42 AM

    “Since he’s not under contract, the only interesting part will be what happens when the Bills convene a mandatory minicamp in June.”

    So great to see hard-hitting reporting on the totally uninteresting part.

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