Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd has yet to sign his franchise tender since being unwillingly slapped with the tag in March, so it should come as no surprise that the team does not anticipate that he will be in attendance and participating for this week’s mandatory minicamps. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed that Byrd would be a no-show for the workouts:
#Bills mandatory minicamp starts Tues. S Jairus Byrd won’t show unless he has a contract. As of now, “nothing happening.” He’ll stay away
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 10, 2013
Because he has not yet signed the franchise tender, there is still hope for Byrd that he could agree to a long-term deal with Buffalo. Of course, the chances are very slim that it would go down like that, but in the case there are miracle discussions he will have until July 15 to sign a multi-year extension. After that, it is franchise tag or bust.
Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady is the only player other than Byrd who has yet to sign his franchise tag.