• Report: Bills open to trading Jairus Byrd

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Oct 6, 2013
    Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd wanted to play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. The Buffalo Bills are now open to trading safety Jairus Byrd and talks are on-going, sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Here are some initial thoughts on Sunday morning's news: This development is hardly a surprise in what has become a headache for the Bills and Byrd since February, when Byrd was assigned the franchise tender. With the Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd failing to bridge their differences on a long-term deal, the team is open to dealing the player that received their franchise tag before this season, league sources said. Complicating matters for a trade beyond Byrd’s foot injury, which Byrd said has healed enough that he felt ready to play on Thursday night before the Bills decided to leave him inactive, is the fact that no team can extend Byrd until after the season comes to an end. Byrd will have a chance to play in his first game of the season, but it might occur in a different uniform. Byrd, a two-time Pro Bowler, wanted a long-term contract that made him the NFL’s highest paid safety this past offseason, but received the franchise tender instead . General manager Doug Whaley told veteran NFL writer Dan Pompei as recently as last week that the Bills "have not discussed trading him," echoing similar comments from CEO Russ Brandon on WGR 550 last month.

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