The Bills reported to training camp today, and begin practice tomorrow.
And despite some words that sound positive on the surface from General Manager Doug Whaley, it doesn’t appear they’re any closer to getting him there.
“Again, we’re not going to do anything in public or in the media,” Whaley said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “Just know that we have been in contact and the lines of communication are open.”
Of course, Whaley didn’t say when the contact occurred or what it consisted of.
Byrd hasn’t signed his $6.916 million franchise tender, so he can’t be fined for not showing up.
Whaley described Byrd’s absence as nothing out of the ordinary.
“I just think it’s a normal negotiation process,” Whaley said. “We’ve worked hard. They’ve worked hard. It’s part of the business that’s the business of football.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to come to a common ground. But again, we respect him as a player, and when he comes in — I know the type of person he is — he’ll be in shape, and he’ll be ready to go.”
Of course, until we know more about the nature of the alleged contact, it’s hard to know when that will be.