Nov. 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) recovers a fumble during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jairus Byrd wants Buffalo Bills to trade him


The Buffalo Bills slapped safety Jairus Byrd with the franchise tag this offseason. Byrd has been held out so far and will miss the start of the season because of a lingering plantar fasciitis injury. Byrd isn’t in a rush to get back and doesn’t want to play for the Bills anymore.

From NFL.com:

Coming off a lengthy contract standoff with the team, Byrd is playing under the $6.9 million franchise tender, but Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports the ball-hawking defensive back wants out of town.

Two league sources told the newspaper this week that Byrd and his agent are attempting to swing a trade prior to the league’s Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Unfortunately the demands that Byrd has of the Bills makes him undesirable for a new team. If the Bills aren’t willing to give Byrd the money he wants, a trade partner would have to be willing to and give up draft picks on top of that. It seems like a tall order to trade for an unhealthy safety. Byrd played through the pain last season though.

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