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The "Byrd" is the word around the league.
Predictably, star safety Jairus Byrd figures to be the free-agent market's hottest commodity. After all, he figures to help his future team's defense soar. If the legal tampering period is any indication, Byrd's suitors are just starting to flock to him.
Not only are the Miami Dolphins reportedly going to sign Branden Albert, but they are serious players for Byrd as well, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The St. Louis Rams have also reportedly contacted the talented safety, per Rapoport.
St. Louis' goose might be cooked, however.
Miami has roughly $27 million more in cap space right now, per OverTheCap.com. Even if the Dolphins sign Albert to a massive contract, they still seem to have the upper hand—in fact, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark seems to think Byrd is headed to Miami.
Of course, the Dolphins and Rams won't be the only teams in the hunt for Byrd's services. There are certainly other teams "Byrd-watching," but none of them have been seriously linked to the 27-year-old—for now.
Byrd may well fly south for next season, but there is plenty of time left on the clock.