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.
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.