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Report: Jairus Byrd won’t be at Bills training camp this weekend

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The waiting game continues in Buffalo.

The Bills report to training camp on Saturday, but it doesn’t look like safety Jairus Byrd will be joining his teammates. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Byrd will be a no-show when training camp gets underway. Byrd won’t be subject to fines because he has not signed his $6.916 million franchise tender and is therefore not under contract or obliged to be at camp.

Byrd can show up just before the first game of the season and still receive his full compensation for the 2013 season, but he cannot sign a multi-year agreement with the team at this point. The Bills could up his salary for the season or guarantee him that they won’t use the franchise tag a second time in order to get him into camp to learn new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme, although there has not been any sign that the team is prepared to take either course of action.

The Bills could also rescind the franchise tag and make Byrd an unrestricted free agent, although that’s a very unlikely outcome to the impasse. Byrd’s too important to the defense and the Bills would be hard-pressed to come up with a capable replacement for Byrd in their defense at the last minute.

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22 Responses to “Report: Jairus Byrd won’t be at Bills training camp this weekend”
  1. ddarlak says: Jul 25, 2013 1:58 PM

    Why would he attend…..we’re talkin’ bout practice!

  2. jgedgar70 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:06 PM

    I say hold out until Sept. 16 so my team doesn’t have to face him. You know, since he made like 47 interceptions the last time we played against him.

  3. wwwmattcom says: Jul 25, 2013 2:09 PM

    Boo Byrds are coming out

  4. vegasbillzfan42 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    Wow. Way to show the team who drafted you and the community how much love and respect you have for them. How about show everyone your committed to the Bills and SHOW UP!! New D and still no show. BS!!

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    Hey what do you want from the guy ?

    After all, 6.916 million is only 138 times what somebody making 50k a year makes. How could an nfl player possibly live on that ?

  6. tannethrill says: Jul 25, 2013 2:22 PM

    I could see them recinding the tag.

  7. bgm9876 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:24 PM

    No surprise.

  8. rmoran3 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:25 PM

    Byrd has ZERO leverage, just show up and play. He has everything to lose, he can no longer sign a long term deal. So I guess he just won’t learn the defense and then sign before the first game and hurt yourself in another contract year? Not smart.

  9. hatesycophants says: Jul 25, 2013 2:50 PM

    Another stupid front office and fanbase.

    Can you play at the NFL level, harrisonhits? That’s why you only make 50k, drone.

  10. pioniere says: Jul 25, 2013 3:23 PM

    I think most Bills fans don’t really care if Jarius shows up or not. If he wants to play, he needs to sign the tender and come to camp and compete.

    The Bills will not agree to any restructured tender that will not guarantee he won’t be franchised again.

    If his agent (the ‘respected’ Eugene Parker) wants to keep playing hardball, the Bills can too. They hold all of the leverage at this point.

  11. Neftali Ramos says: Jul 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    I’m not mad at him. The Bills have spent so much money on losers (Fitzpatrick, Mark Anderson) but are unwilling to pay a homegrown talent, why? They paid Anderson like $7 million last year and all they got for their trouble was 1 sack. Stop being idiots and pay this man.

  12. ampats says: Jul 25, 2013 3:44 PM

    Byrd has all the leverage. He can hold out till Week #10 and still be a FA next season and if the Bills franchise him again, he will get a 20 % increase over the tag TY. Next year it will cost 8.3 M

    I would like to understand why Bills fans feel they have the leverage ? Besides, there is no one on that roster that can replace him

  13. bigbadbills says: Jul 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    ampats says:
    Jul 25, 2013 3:44 PM
    Byrd has all the leverage. He can hold out till Week #10 and still be a FA next season and if the Bills franchise him again, he will get a 20 % increase over the tag TY. Next year it will cost 8.3 M

    I would like to understand why Bills fans feel they have the leverage ? Besides, there is no one on that roster that can replace him
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    Typical know-nothing band wagon Pats, leave football talk for the real fans. The franchise tag is prorated, so he would be missing out on over 3 million dollars. If that’s not enough he probably would not see the field for awhile if at all; so do you think there is a team out there that is going to pay a guy the highest salary at his position in the league after a year out of football? No effing way. The Bills hold all the cards.

  14. pakasprz says: Jul 25, 2013 4:00 PM

    The problem is Russ Brandon and Jim Overdorf. Byrd wants $8-$8.5 million a year, which he has earned, and what do they offer? $6.5 million a year. This all shows that Ralph Wilson isn’t the problem as he gave Brandon complete control of the team and they’re still cheap. It’s time for them two to go!

  15. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 25, 2013 4:03 PM

    i hope howie roseman can acquire another disgruntled Buffalo Bill since the bills have to know this guy will never re-sign with them. his highest value to buffalo is now and the eagles need a pro bowl safety more than anything else. please make a deal while there is time to install a leader on your defense.

  16. eagles83 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    Just trade him to the Eagles already.

  17. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 25, 2013 4:07 PM

    to the buffalo homers: first of all to tanneyhill- he wishes they would rescind the tag. he would sign a multi year deal quickly with a team of his choosing and be done with it.

    and as to who is holding all the cards, read ampats above.

  18. fireeyes111 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:11 PM

    The Bills have all of the leverage because no matter what Byrd does, he cannot become a FA next offseason. The Bills can just franchise him again at a very manageable number.

    So what he should do if he wants a long-term deal is show up, play, and then negotiate one next offseason. Parker is having him sit out on the assumption the Bills will either A) pay him more than his tender, or B) give him an out clause which prevents the team from franchising him again.

    If the Bills were Super Bowl contenders this season, then maybe they’d have the incentive to do whatever it took to get him into camp. But this is a team at least two years away from really contending. Why would they risk losing a valuable asset like Byrd? They hold all the cards.

  19. fireeyes111 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:26 PM

    $8M was reportedly the rough annual dollar value the two sides were discussing anyway. Why would the Bills even blink about franchising him again next summer at that number?

  20. wwwmattcom says: Jul 25, 2013 4:29 PM

    At what point are the Bills holding on because of spite?

    At what point his Jairus just holding out for pennies between signing tags vs. long term deals?

    Sometimes I want to hate the player and not the game.

  21. mackcarrington says: Jul 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    He is going to hold out until the after the last pre-season game and show up to collect his $6 million. He won’t know the defense and will be out of game shape. Because of that, he will most likely pull or strain something and at that point his holdout will have backfired.

  22. talkingproud says: Jul 25, 2013 10:11 PM

    This was a Buddy Nix pick and I am sure Doug Whaley is willing to take the risk of letting him test the free agency market next off-season and part with the headache that he has become.

    Bye-bye Byrdie!

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