Jairus Byrd Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Bills Star
The relationship between Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills continues to erode. Byrd received the franchise tag after the sides weren't able to reach a long-term contract extension, and now he's apparently seeking an escape route.
The trade deadline passed and Byrd is still a member of the Bills.
From the Buffalo Bills:
Jairus Byrd on trade deadline: "I don't to want to get into that. I'm here."— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 30, 2013
From the Around the NFL Twitter feed:
Deadline came and went without trades for Jared Allen, Josh Gordon, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Fred Davis and Jairus Byrd.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) October 29, 2013
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
From @NFL_ATL Live: Bills are open to trading Jairus Byrd, tho they aren’t actively shopping him. Want a young player, not pick, in return— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 28, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From WGR 550, radio home of the Buffalo Bills:
Buffalo Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon joins WGR next!— WGR 550 (@WGR550) October 9, 2013
Brandon on Byrd report concerning trade: "Our focus is getting JB back on the field" ..."it's not a topic of conversation in our building"— WGR 550 (@WGR550) October 9, 2013
Brandon said the Bills are not actively seeking a trade for Byrd but would "pick up the phone" if other teams called— WGR 550 (@WGR550) October 9, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 6
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Bills know wisest course of action is to trade franchise S Jairus Byrd and they now are open to dealing him, per sources. Talks ongoing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 6, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
ESPN.com's Mike Rodak has Byrd's response to the trade speculation:
"From what I understand, someone is saying 'sources.' I would like to know what sources they're talking about before you can say sources," Byrd said.
Asked about his standing with Bills management, Byrd declined comment.
"As far as the organization, I can't speak on that. That's for another day, another time. That's why I have an agent," he said. "I'm trying to get ready to play football."
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
From NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Wildcard to watch for Jairus Byrd: Eagles. Chip Kelly is familiar with Byrd from Oregon, also dealt for Jason Peters in similar situation— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2013
Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports the safety wants to get traded and his agent is working to make a deal happen. There's no timetable for a move, but the trade deadline is after Week 8, giving them plenty of time to gauge the market.
The objective of Jairus Byrd and his agent is to engineer a trade from the Buffalo Bills by the NFL trade deadline, two league sources told The News.
The negotiating position is hardly a surprise, given the impasse in contract talks between the two sides and the grim demeanor Byrd presented in his initial news conference upon reporting to the team two weeks ago.
Byrd is one of the top safeties in football. He's averaged nearly 80 tackles per season since the Bills drafted him in the second round of the 2009 draft. The defensive playmaker has also intercepted 18 passes over that span.
While there's no denying Byrd's talent level or production, a clear disagreement remains between him and the team as to what those numbers are worth financially. That's why the Bills had to use the franchise tag to keep him on the roster for at least another season.
Players seeking a long-term commitment that instead end up getting tagged are usually unhappy about the situation. Byrd is no different, and apparently believes a different franchise would give him the new deal he wants.
Whether the Bills are willing to trade him remains unclear. The team's secondary was already lacking talent before cornerback Stephon Gilmore went down with a wrist injury. Moving Byrd would leave the defensive backfield in shambles until Gilmore is ready to return.
Byrd is dealing with an injury of his own. He's only been practicing on a limited basis due to plantar fasciitis, leaving his status for the season opener against the division rival New England Patriots up in the air.
His injury status could also have an impact on any trade negotiations, adding another layer of uncertainty to an already tricky problem for the Bills.
It's situation that warrants watching in the coming weeks.
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