Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd was hit with the franchise tag. He has been seeking a long term deal but hasn’t been able to acquire one yet. Now ESPN Insider, Adam Schefter, is reporting that the two sides don’t have any plans to talk ahead of Monday’s 4 pm deadline.
The Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd have no contract talks scheduled for Monday, the deadline for franchised players to sign long-term deals.
The franchise tag would pay Byrd $6.9 million in 2013. While that seems like a quality deal, it lacks the security players want when playing a sport with a high risk for injury.
A league source told reporter Joe Buscaglia late last week that he’d be “completely and utterly shocked” if the sides beat Monday’s deadline. Byrd is reportedly seeking Eric Weddle (five years, $19 million guaranteed) or Dashon Goldson (five years, $22 million guaranteed) money. It’s not a crazy request, but the Bills apparently want to see how he fares in new DC Mike Pettine’s defense before making a multi-year commitment.