Feb 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; NFL former player Warren Sapp reacts after being selected to the pro football hall of fame during a NFL Network presentation at the New Orleans Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Warren Sapp Tells Jairus Byrd to Go Out and Earn New Contract


Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd failed to agree to a long-term contract with the team before yesterday’s deadline for players under the franchise tag. Byrd is looking for top safety dollar that is comparable to the likes of Eric Weddle and Dashon Goldson, but the Bills weren’t ready to shell out that cash just yet.

The next step for Byrd will be deciding whether or not to sign his one-year franchise tender and report for camp. If the way things have been handled so far are any indication, it doesn’t look like there will be a resolution anytime soon and we appear headed towards a lengthy holdout.

Luckily for Byrd, someone felt like giving up some free words of advice.

Warren Sapp, who always has an opinion to share, gave Byrd his advice on the situation during a recent segment on the NFL Network.

“Sign your tender, go back to work and earn it like your rookie year when you came into the league and you went to the Pro Bowl,” Sapp said, via Tim Graham of theBuffalo News. “That’s what you do.

“Whenever somebody questions your play on the football field, you go out on the football field and you show it. I question him because you’ve been there the whole time with Buffalo, and if Buffalo doesn’t see you as an asset as far as their franchise player and the guy they want to put as their safety, [that says something]. If the team that watches you practice and play every day doesn’t deem you the best safety in the game, then you might want to look at yourself.”

Let’s all remember that this is the same Warren Sapp that was broke just a few years out of the league.

If anyone needs to be telling Byrd how to handle his money situation, Sapp is probably not the best financial adviser on the planet, so the Bills safety can make his own decisions.

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  • NWBill

    Whatever you might think of his financial acumen, Warren’s right about Byrd. Don’t DEMAND – PLAY, and SHOW you deserve what you’re asking for. If Buffalo doesn’t give it to you, well … move on down the road. But, a holdout? Or not signing a tender that’s worth over 6 mil? In this age of salary caps? What sense does that make?