NFL Trade Rumors: Buffalo Bills to Sign-and-Trade Jairus Byrd?

Nov. 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) runs the ball after a fumble recovery against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills slapped elite safety  Jairus Byrd with the franchise tag this offseason in the hopes the two sides could agree to a long-term deal. So far, Byrd’s representatives and the Bills have been way, way off when it comes to money in the potential deal.

So off in fact, many are starting to wonder if the Bills will pull an NBA-like move and do a sign-and-trade with Bryd.

How’s that for an NFL trade rumor for you?

The speculation comes from the Bills’ official website itself, courtesy of beat writer Chris Brown in response to a question:

I don’t think we can rule out the potential of a sign and trade, but it should be noted that such an option does not exist as long as he has not signed his franchise tender. The Bills have traded a franchise-designated player before. They did it with Peerless Price when they shipped him to Atlanta in exchange for a first-round draft choice back in 2003.
I believe the Bills would prefer to keep Jairus Byrd on the roster long term. Keep in mind there are other options for both sides (e.g. sign one-year tender, wait until end of season to negotiate long term contract, etc.).
I don’t want to get too far into the hypotheticals, but in reference to your ‘what would they trade for’ scenario, a proven starting guard couldn’t hurt.

So there’s that. Who knows if the Bills will end up giving Byrd the money he wants, but one thing’s for sure—losing him would be a major blow for the defense.

Expect this one to drag out. Just keep a close on eye on it.


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Topics: Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd, NFL Trade Rumors

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  • chas territo

    wow! are you really this irresponsible as a writer? starting bullshit rumors, is that how you see yourself as a good reporter? be mature about your reporting, starting rumors to sell a story is low!! GO BILLS!!

    • coug56

      What do you expect from a guy who’s picture is bigger than the article he wrote. Most people stop adding pictures to make papers longer in Junior High…

  • chas territo

    Coug56,I should have looked at his pic! A child,expecting respect and responsibility that for some, comes with age/maturity, I would have completely dismissed him. The real culprit is SI.COM! GO BILLS!!

  • David

    There is nothing in this article that this guy created or started… Chris Brown (Team Reporter for the Buffalo Bills) created this story and he is more experienced than this kid. Maybe before you start to criticize you should read a little and actually understand what you’re reading… and if you don’t like hearing the truth (that the Bills are likely not going to get Byrd beyond his 1-year Franchise Tag), then you need to take that up with Russ Brandon. This article is completely accurate in terms of the current state of things with Byrd. Chris Brown speculates that the Bills may trade him (like they did with Peerless Price years ago), so that they get some sort of value in return for him departing the team. Byrd wants an obscene amount of money… you’ll see in due time, because someone will pay him.

    • chas territo

      David, you are way off base. Yes, chris B. did first report this, but HE REPORTED IT AS FACT!! This kid did not. Get your shit right. Also, before you give me your undue diligence get a handle on your fucking facts! Being an asshole does not make you knowing or intelligent! GO BILLS!!

      • David

        Excuse me? Big man behind a keyboard? What did I do for you to even assume that I don’t have more facts that you or deserve such a ridiculous response that includes inappropriate name calling. I can tell you that I do know someone with direct contact involving the Bills regarding this situation, but since I am not allowed to disclose his name… it would be pointless. What “facts” do you have chas? Chris Brown speculated in his article that the Bills would consider trading Byrd… how or when did speculation become a report on “fact”? Dude, you need to relax before you start cussing out other people you don’t even know. You’re attacking this “kid” for simply reiterating a story… I have read this over 3 times now and still don’t get why you are so upset with him. Did he steal your girlfriend or something? You can write me back and call me a bunch of names like a street youth without a clue, I won’t respond to you again. All I can assure you is that I have direct information (very much above Chris Brown) that Byrd is asking for too much (from the Bills’ perspective)… so the only facts in Chris Brown’s reader response letter is that the Bills and Byrd are far apart. That much is very true and all sorts of media outlets are now reporting that, as well. So whoopee, no big surprise. I can tell you it’s true (aka fact) at this moment, it can change tomorrow… but it’s not likely. The Bills, in my opinion (this is not fact because I don’t have a crystal ball), will not trade Byrd unless he holds out until the 10th game of the season (his right to do so as the Franchise Player). Move on… like I said, if you don’t like it… take it up with Byrd and Brandon… this kid has nothing to do with it. Who cares if his picture is too big, I’m not checking the guy out… are you? I didn’t even look at his picture while I scrolled down the screen… who cares?! Chill… and learn to talk with others respectfully and you may get some of it in return.

        • chas territo

          1st off my chest, i never said his photo was too big, coug56 said that. 1 pt against your credibility. 2nd, i never said i had or knew more than anyone else, 2nd pt against your cred. 3rd, i never said or intimated Chris Brown stated fact, 3rd pt against YOUR cred. 4th, attack of this kid, where did i attack him? all i said was in question of rumor mongering, 4th pt against… aw hell, DUDE no gf issues, no disrespect to anyone, yet, you disrespect me. BIG MAN behind a keyboard, you do not know me, so insulting me out of hand is wrong, cowardly and irresponsible on your part. grow the fuck up, DUDE. be impartial, read, understand what you read before ATTACKING me. making like a close minded asshole is not a good or decent thing. good bye, i will not reply to YOUR childish replies, attacks or misinterpretations anymore. GO BILLS!!

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