Bills G.M. Whaley mentions contact with Byrd


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.

6 responses to “Bills G.M. Whaley mentions contact with Byrd

  1. The biggest danger with players holding out, then returning to camp late, is they always seem to end up on the IR. Teams usually gradually ramp up the physicality on practice, so “staying in shape” just can’t replicate “football shape”. Holdouts just never seem to end well in the long run.

  2. I will forever maintain that this is all Eugene Parker’s doings (his agent). He’s the same person that forced the Bills to trade Peters to Philly. There are reports the Bills were willing to give him $9.125M a year, but he wanted to be paid as the highest safety ($12M) in the NFL. His agent is running the risk of his client getting a severe injury. If he gets hurt this year, he won’t have a long term contract to secure him. He could have to settle for less than the $6.9M he’s getting this year from the franchise tag. I’m not saying Byrd should have settled for less than a realistic worth. I don’t think there is a NFL team that will give him $12M for his services. I really do believe $9.125 for a FS is fair compensation for him. For Byrd’s sake, I hope he doesn’t get hurt this year. Buffalo has competent safeties from the draft as well as FINALLY having a coaching staff that knows Aaron Williams is not a CB. They are finally putting him back in the position he played in college.

  3. I have this feeling that Whaley hasn’t tried as hard as he states. What is going to happen: The coaching staff is going to fall in love with Duke Williams and forget all about Jairus Byrd and his request to be paid as the top Safety in the league.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I want Byrd back just as much as the next fan does, but I think he is asking too much. Yes, he is one of the top safeties in the NFL, but not the best.

    Problem is, the Bills think the same thing and if one of the few Safeties on the roster steps up and brings it, then Byrd might just be out of luck for a long-term deal.

    He will attract big money elsewhere in the league, but will never get the same love he receives from us Bills fans.

  4. Holding out almost never makes the situation better. It poisons your relationship with the team, increases your risk of injury, and lowers your market value when/if you hit free agency. It’s a dumb, emotional move that most players end up regretting.

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