It’s looking like Broncos tackle Ryan Clady will stand alone among the players given franchise tags this year.
The deadline for teams to reach agreement on multi-year deals with such players passed at 4 p.m. ET on Monday and Clady’s the only guy who landed one. As expected for several weeks now, Bills safety Jairus Byrd is one of the seven franchised players who failed to get the deal they were looking for this offseason. He’s the only one who hasn’t signed his tender, however, which means he could still keep his distance from the team until just before the start of the regular season without jeopardizing any of the $6.9 million he’s set to make under the terms of the tender.
Jeff Russo of WKBW in Buffalo reports that Byrd’s agent Eugene Parker said there was no comment about Byrd’s plans. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said that the team is working on getting Byrd to rejoin the team, something that could take a one-year agreement that comes with a guarantee that Byrd won’t be franchised again after next season or some other enticement to get him on the field.
“We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately were unable to reach one before today’s deadline,” Whaley said in a statement. “Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on training camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season.”
Veterans are set to report to Bills camp on July 27. Getting Byrd there will likely be a top priority between now and then.