There’s a pretty good chance that safety Jairus Byrd will sign his franchise tender and report to the Bills before the start of the regular season so that he can take home all $6.916 million he’s set to make under the terms of that tender.
It doesn’t look like there’s much chance that he’ll be reporting any earlier than he needs to in order to get the money. General Manager Doug Whaley updated where things stand with Byrd, who can’t sign a long-term deal with the Bills until after the season, by saying that there’s no update at all.
“Unfortunately, nothing new to report,” Whaley said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “We hope he gets in here before the season opener, but only he can tell us on that one.”
The Bills can’t sign Byrd beyond the 2013 season, but they could offer him more money or a promise not to use the franchise tag after next season in order to convince him to join the team. If they were going to do that, though, it stands to reason that they would have done it at a time when they could have gotten Byrd to join his teammates for most, if not all, of training camp and the preseason.