Jairus Byrd Seeking Around $40 Million From Buffalo Bills

Dec 24, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) intercepts a pass from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (not pictured) and runs it back for a touchdown during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

While a few players that are currently designated with the franchise tag may be agreeing to a new deal by Monday, don’t count Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd among those ranks. Byrd and the Bills continue very far apart in contract negotiations and neither side appears willing to budge.

I would be completely and utterly shocked if there was a deal done by Monday,” a league source told WGR-AM. “There are no talks going on. Someone would have to seriously cave.”

Byrd’s agent, Eugene Parker, is reportedly seeking top dollar for his client and he is unwilling to accept anything less than the premier-safety-caliber money that players like Eric Weddle and Dashon Goldson have recently received.

“The reason why Byrd is getting tagged is for the simple fact that they just can’t get a deal done,” another source told WGR-AM. “From what I understand, they’re pushing for numbers in and around what Eric Weddle is at and also keeping the Dashon Goldson deal in perspective, as well.”

If a deal is not reached by July 15, the pressure will be on Byrd to budge and sign his $6.9 million franchise tender.

Of course, if he takes the stance of his agent, he could decide that sitting out for an extended period of time is the best move. Whatever he decides, this is going to be an interesting stand off.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd

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  • Rich P

    Pay the man hes worth it.hes young didnt even peek yet and with a good d coach finally in buffalo byrd will be the player who he wants to be.

    • NWBill

      Riiiiiiiight …. and what about the rest of the roster? Have you ever heard about something called a SALARY CAP? Let me ask you something else; do you believe that money grows on trees? Do you see the Patriots and Bob Kraft throwing money all over the place? San Fransisco? The Redskins? No …. and do you know why? Well, it’s because NFL teams have to balance talent vs. money & salary. Byrd is a great young player, no doubt; and don’t get me wrong … he should be paid what he’s worth. But what if the team can’t do that, because of where it is financially and with committments to other players? Sure, Jairus can go to a team ready, willing, and able to give him what he’s looking for – but I seriously doubt that team will be in the playoffs at the end of the season. So, what has he gained – really? Enough money for a nice house, family taken care of …. but sitting on the couch watching the playoffs, instead of playing in them?

      Byrd can definitely be the player he wants to be – but he has to decide what his priorities are, and whether he’s all about the benjamins … or all about winning. Cause, most of the time, in the NFL, and in a world with a salary cap – it’s either one, or the other; not both.

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