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

Bills say Jairus Byrd isn't on trade block, but will listen to offers


The saga of disgruntled Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd continues. There has been all sorts of back and forth between the two sides since they slapped Byrd with the franchise tag.

Byrd wanted a long term contract held out of training camp hoping for a long-term deal before finally buckling and signing the franchise tender. Byrd still has yet to play this season, he has been sitting out with plantar fasciitis injury. He could be milking it to, doesn’t want to risk further injuring himself when he has a one-year contract.

Then there were rumors that the Bills were looking to trade Byrd. But that seems to be untrue.

“Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills,” Whaley said, per The Associated Press, via NFL.com. “We are not actively on the phone hammering out trying to look for a trade. By the same token, (team president) Russ Brandon would listen if someone wanted to trade.

“So if the phone rings, we’re going to listen. But that doesn’t mean we’re out trying to trade.”

Looks like Byrd is stuck in Buffalo. It is hard to imagine a team trading anything of value for a player who isn’t healthy, has yet to play, and will be a free agent this offseason unless a team wants to try and slap him with the franchise tag again.

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