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Byrd bags giant deal from Saints

Former Bills safety Jairus Byrd wanted $9 million per year.  And he got it.  Exactly.

According to multiple reports, the Saints have given Byrd a six-year deal with a total value of $54 million.  Of the amount, $28 million is guaranteed.

Unknown (for now) is the amount that’s fully guaranteed at the time of signing, and the amount that is guaranteed for injury only.

The structure also will say much about the expected duration of the deal.  High salaries and cap numbers in future years make it less likely that all six years of the deal will be completed.

Given the Saints’ current cap crunch, it’s likely that the contract has been loaded up with bigger dollars later in the deal.

Byrd has no connection to any member of the New Orleans coaching staff.  However, it’s possible that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows what former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine thinks of Byrd, via Jets coach (and Rob’s twin brother) Rex Ryan, who employed Pettine before he went to Buffalo.

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43 Responses to “Byrd bags giant deal from Saints”
  1. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Mar 11, 2014 10:07 PM

    Take that Jimmy Grahem

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:08 PM

    proving the salary cap to be a joke!!!

  3. whatdoesjimmiefoxxsay says: Mar 11, 2014 10:10 PM

    Big Byrd flies from Buffalo to the south for the summer. Vacarro and the Byrd will rule the roost!

  4. jtm18113 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:12 PM

    The Bills needed to pay him $9 mill per less than they needed his services. Glad they didn’t overpay for him. He didn’t want to be there anyways.

  5. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 10:13 PM

    Pretty soon the Saints will be fielding a 3 man team composed of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, and Jairus Byrd.

  6. saintdatazz says: Mar 11, 2014 10:13 PM

    Sweet move, now focus on Draft for a speed receiver to stretch the field.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 10:14 PM

    In particular their 2016 year is already way loaded up beyond what even the Lions have on schedule for that year, or any other team. That’s not even factoring in Jimmy Graham for that year either.

  8. omniscient48 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:14 PM

    Is a Jarius Byrd in the hand worth two in the Rafael Bush?

  9. questionableprovenance says: Mar 11, 2014 10:17 PM

    Now, if the Saints lose on the Graham deal in arbitration, they’re dead. They couldn’t afford to pay him what he wants anymore.

    Oh when the Saints, go marching out…

  10. jacobslatter says: Mar 11, 2014 10:18 PM

    Kinda a bit much for a safety, that # should be meant for super QB & franchise LT & ultra pass rushing beast. The Saints are typical Americans: spending money unwisely wit’ money they ain’t got. LOOK OUT !!!

  11. dbatrox21 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:18 PM

    Guess the Saints are taking this whole “Have a winning football team” thing serious…

  12. wwwmattcom says: Mar 11, 2014 10:19 PM

    Wow, All the money in the back end. Byrd brain.

  13. vusnu says: Mar 11, 2014 10:20 PM

    Overpaying for a safety is no way to build a defense.

  14. andreboy1 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:21 PM

    Lil’ Jimmy is not happy.

    Way to set yourself up for cap hell again in a few years, Ain’ts.

  15. seahawks80 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:21 PM

    The deal is backloaded so he will be gone in 3 years

  16. amazingguy101 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:21 PM

    Where did the get this money.

  17. mackcarrington says: Mar 11, 2014 10:25 PM

    28M guaranteed isn’t too shabby. But we all know that he wont be there for the duration of that 6 years.

  18. ningenito78 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:27 PM

    The only problem with that theory is its pretty obvious Pettine and Rex don’t like each other.

  19. seatownballers says: Mar 11, 2014 10:28 PM

    This will devastate the saints if he misses 5 games again

  20. thetigerleg says: Mar 11, 2014 10:29 PM

    Wittle Dwew Bwees gonna stomp his feet and hold his bweath til he turns bwue cause that was his money.

  21. buffalo12thman says: Mar 11, 2014 10:30 PM

    If we resigned him, it’s unlikely that we would have had the dollars to commit to A. Williams, Marcel Dareus and Stephon Gilmore over the next few years.

    It also would create cap problems for the next 2 years from a FA perspective, which would slow down the rebuild process – which if this rebuild is going according to schedule, should be ramping up for playoff runs in the next 1-2 seasons. If that doesn’ t happen then it doesn’t matter who they signed because ANOTHER new staff will be brought in, these players will leave and the process will start again anyways, albeit with the highest paid safety on your roster.

    Yes, it’s sad to see him go. But this is the reality of being a losing team. You have to go prove you’re building a winner if you want star players to come/stick around at fair market value. Let’s hope 2014 is one of those seasons for us. Let’s Go Buffalo.

  22. chopper911 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:35 PM

    Still gotta pay Grahamy……. LMAO

  23. russellwilsonismymvp says: Mar 11, 2014 10:38 PM

    Ugh. Now Earl Thomas is going to expect Revis money…thanks a lot.

  24. toddsage1billsfan says: Mar 11, 2014 10:40 PM

    Thank god Whaley didn’t sign him to that contract!!…..great player, but not worth that amount of money for a player turning 28 with foot issues. Genius to let Levitre go at the price point he was at last year….and this will prove the same.

  25. roylp says: Mar 11, 2014 10:48 PM

    Lol like I said In the other post. Skins fan here that wanted Byrd, but damn not for that much. Good luck with that. I’m sure the Saints will be trying to unload him in a couple of years. You have to give his agent credit. He found the one team that would pay him 9 million a year, because not even Mr. Snyder himself wanted to pay him that and that says something.

  26. theblender22 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:54 PM

    Wow, 9 million a year… for a safety? How can Saint fans be happy with this? You’re offense is in shambles, you are in terrible cap shape (especially with deals like this), and was the safety position even an area of this much importance? I see all the NO fans coming to defend this deal because it’s “backloaded” (even though I’ve yet to see this proven) and Byrd won’t be around for 6 years to claim that money…yet there’s 28 million guaranteed?! I get that the fans are excited with a big splash signing, but this is obviously a terrible team decision. How can a team that is seemingly so well coached be so poorly managed?

  27. flannlv says: Mar 11, 2014 10:57 PM

    Also rans pay attention. Saints are in win now mode. Exactly at the time the CAP is expanding. Brees has 4 or more elite years and the Saints are reloading. Disabuse yourselves of Saints not signing Graham. When they win the FA designation Saints will trade JG after next year where he’s only due 120% of this year’s salary or roughly 8.6mm. They may even place the tag on JG again for that amount and restructure Brees’ contract to create more room with the projected CAP.

  28. ballin99999 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:58 PM

    Pretty risky move. However, if he can produce a 6-8 int type season the next year or two, that could make a big difference because the Saints seem to have the most success when their defense produces turnovers consistently. So having a guy with a track record of being able to do that may be more valuable to the Saints and may justify the numbers. But outside of producing turnovers I don’t see him being worth 9 mil

  29. jpmelon says: Mar 11, 2014 11:11 PM

    $9 mil for a safety with a chronic foot ailment. His agent deserves a higher commission.

  30. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 11, 2014 11:20 PM

    is it just me or is that not nearly as high as i thought he would get? $9 mill a year is not breaking the bank.

  31. keylimelight says: Mar 11, 2014 11:24 PM

    In addition to the Pettine/Rob Ryan connection there’s HC Doug Marrone who not only played for the Saints but was also the OC for a time during the Sean Payton era.

  32. goodjudgementprevails says: Mar 12, 2014 12:19 AM

    Smart move for the team, this and adding a solid CB via the draft will help a ton. What about protecting Drew Brees though? There line was atrocious and I still don’t believe in the Rob Ryan schemes, even though it was a major upgrade for NO last season.

  33. nfl4days says: Mar 12, 2014 12:38 AM

    Lol our offense is in shambles because we got rid of a third down back and a rotational receiver with 384 yds and 2 tds.

  34. nfl4days says: Mar 12, 2014 12:39 AM

    Also go ask Seattle if the safety position is of importance.

  35. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 12, 2014 1:27 AM

    And once again: Mickey Loomis has lost his marbles.

  36. djachammer says: Mar 12, 2014 1:31 AM

    I actually think I am the only Saints fan that wants JG to be traded. In my opinion he is a system TE.

    He made his monster stats this year against weak Defenses . Then Disappeared against the Good Defenses.

    I would rather get the picks then to keep him.
    Is he good yes. Great no. Whether you like Drew Brees or not. He made JG.

  37. silentcount says: Mar 12, 2014 3:05 AM

    Are Saints trading Graham for best safety and 2 first round draft picks? Is Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton fighting fire with fire by setting up a younger team? There’s another Super Bowl team coming together and it may be now.

  38. nawlinssaints1956 says: Mar 12, 2014 7:39 AM

    Love all the posts from the amateur capologists that think they know more than one of the best GM’s in the NFL, Mickey Loomis. The haters just wish their team would step up and make a move..

  39. sb44champs says: Mar 12, 2014 8:33 AM

    theblender22 says:
    Mar 11, 2014 10:54 PM
    Wow, 9 million a year… for a safety? How can Saint fans be happy with this? You’re offense is in shambles…”
    ===========================
    Offense in shambles? Then I guess 28 other teams’ offenses are in shambles too as the Saints were the #4 offense in the league last year lol

  40. sb44champs says: Mar 12, 2014 8:36 AM

    meatcarroll says:
    Mar 11, 2014 10:13 PM
    Pretty soon the Saints will be fielding a 3 man team composed of Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham, and Jairus Byrd.
    ===========================
    Translation: Saints gave our defense the most fits out of all the playoff teams last year and I’m scared they’re getting better………lol

  41. dontbugmeonsundays says: Mar 12, 2014 10:45 AM

    Brees is done. I lost a lot of respect for him after that game in Seattle last year. He was literally a deer in the headlights. Plus Byrd has plantar fasciitis which never goes away but comes back unexpectedly. He’s definetly gona miss some games because of that. Bills knew that that’s why they basically let him walk.

  42. doubleogator says: Mar 12, 2014 10:58 AM

    Could be setting up a trade for Graham, Ben Watson is a complete tight end, and not too shabby in his own right, Get something of value for Jimmy, and keep building the defense, while adding another playmaker 0n offense…

  43. chaseutley says: Mar 12, 2014 1:11 PM

    I can’t wait to read about how they got this signing to fit under the cap. On the surface, it makes little sense.

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