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REPORT: Buffalo Bills Safety Jairus Byrd Hoping to Be Traded

Jairus Byrd could be looking to fly out of Buffalo (Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Jairus Byrd could be looking to fly out of Buffalo (Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Michael StrawContributor IIIAugust 21, 2013

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd signed his one-year franchise tender on Tuesday to end his holdout after not getting a long-term contract done by the July 15 deadline.

While he may be back in Buffalo's nest now, it's unsure just how long he will remain there. 

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Byrd is hoping to be traded by the NFL's trade deadline that falls on October 29. Werder credited his sources during a segment on ESPN's new "Insiders" television show that airs weekdays at 3pm on ESPN.

Immediately after those comments, Adam Schefter added the following: "Jairus Byrd is back in Buffalo, but that doesn't mean this situation is over."

So far, Werder is the only "insider" who has publicly stated that a trade may be what Byrd is looking for by reporting. Until more reports come out stating the same, it may be best to just treat this as a grain of salt for now.

A couple of hours after the show aired, Werder clarified his remarks a bit for those on Twitter.


A big difference than saying, "a source says Byrd is hoping to be traded."

It's no secret that Byrd wants to be paid like the top Safety in the NFL. It's one of the primary reasons the team and player couldn't come to a multi-year agreement earlier in the year. 

Until Byrd comes out and publicly states he no longer wants to be in Buffalo, one has to assume whether it's just a negotiating tactic for when the time comes to talk contract again. Byrd could be playing the game of "you need me a lot more than I need you." 

Needless to say, it is sure to be an interesting few months in Buffalo as the 2013 season commences. 


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