No Long-Term Deal For Buffalo Bills’ Jairus Byrd

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

The deadline for NFL teams to sign players to a long-term contract that are currently slapped with the franchise tag. In a surprise to no one, the Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd failed to reach a long-term agreement.

Byrd is looking for top-tier safety money, but the Bills were unable to meet those demands at his time.

The real question now is going to be whether or not Byrd decides to report for training camp when veterans are scheduled to arrive on July 27.

Byrd’s camp failed to comment on the safety’s plans for training camp, but Bills General Manager Doug Whaley appears focused on improving the team moving forward and seeing Byrd at camp while the team prepares for the upcoming season.

“We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately were unable to reach one before today’s deadline,” Whaley said in a statement. “Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on training camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season.”

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd

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