Jairus Byrd signs franchise tender

Reuters

Bills safety Jairus Byrd has signed his franchise tender, the club announced Tuesday night.

The 26-year-old Byrd has sat out training camp and the club’s first two preseason games without a contract. Now, the Bills’ star safety is back in the fold less than three weeks before Buffalo opens the regular season against New England and Tom Brady.

Byrd has intercepted 18 passes in four NFL seasons. He’s also recorded 308 tackles. He has played every game in each of the last three seasons for Buffalo.

The Bills cannot negotiate a new deal with Byrd until after the season, leaving him to play out 2013 under this contract. He turns 27 in October.