Oct 9, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Jarius Byrd (31) reacts after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Jairus Byrd will not report to Buffalo Bills training camp


Buffalo Bills two-time Pro Bowl safety Jarius Byrd will not report to training camp this weekend, per a report from BuffaloNews.com writer Tim Graham:

The Bills and Jairus Byrd have not made progress on a new contract, and he will not report to St. John Fisher College this weekend for the start of training camp, two sources with knowledge of the stalemate have told me.

Byrd and the Bills have struggled to find middle ground on a potential contract and now Byrd has decided to stay home – not exactly shocking news, but certainly something both sides wanted to avoid.

The NFL’s mandatory deadline to allow franchised players to sign a multiyear deal has passed (July 15th) so now Byrd can only sign a one year deal with the Bills, assuming the two sides come to an agreement.

Buffalo was hopeful that Byrd would be in camp to learn the playbook of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, but as of right now that wont be happening. There is no word on when Byrd plans to report.

The one year franchise tag for safeties is worth just under $7 million dollars.

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  • chas territo

    I see a College education doesn’t mean intelligent! Byrd is playing stupid! Why hold out, when by doing so you lose guaranteed money?? Always respected him, now I can’t! Holding the team hostage, bad idea, because you are the one who’s the hostage!! All your doing is hurting you, the team and your bank account!! GO BILLS!!

    • Rob Dotzler

      Right! Now he’ll be behind in learning the new schemes and will have a less productive season, ensuring less money from either the Bills or some other team he might sign with. Idiotic plan so he can spend a summer at the beach? College educated, real life common sense stupid. I imagine he has his agent to blame for this epic blunder. How many times have we seen this in sports? I know it’s different in hockey, but I can’t help thinking about Kennedy and his trip through arbitration. The millions he lost out on, smh. Has anyone sent out a search party to see where he can be found these days? Oh that’s right, the Sharks found him, said, ehhhh, whatever. Now he’s signed what I’m sure is a monster TWO way contract with the “surging” Coyotes. Did you catch any of that Jairus?