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.