NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns expected to try and acquire Jairus Byrd from Buffalo Bills

Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) celebrates his first half interception against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL offseason is here, and while teams are at the combine in Indianapolis to try and get a good look at the physicality of the incoming draft class, other front office members are doing a scouting of a different kind and are looking at current NFL talent. With free agency just around the bend, teams are starting to hammer out strategies to get better through the players they acquire and one team looking to make a splash are the Cleveland Browns.

New head coach Mike Pettine used to be the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, and his connection to free agent safety Jairus Byrd has Ian Rapoport hearing that the possibility of Cleveland landing Byrd is real.

 

The Browns aren’t a lock to land Byrd, but it’s a possibility. As Rapoport points out though, they’d have to let T.J. Ward walk which means there may be a small window of time to make a move to get Byrd or the Browns risk losing out on both Byrd and Ward.

Topics: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Jairus Byrd

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  • NWBill

    I’d want a 1st rounder and a middle-round pick for him; hopefully something in the 3rd to 5th rounds. Otherwise – no deal. If Buffalo can’t come out of this better positioned to shore up at least TWO positions; one offense, one defense – then it’s not worth it. Cleveland has room under the cap, and enough supplementary picks, to do this type of deal. They want Byrd because he’s a Pro Bowl-level defender; they’d better be willing to pay for it.

    • Mike Raab

      He is a free agent. What are you thinking. Good luck with the franchise tag to. Browns will only bite on a long term deal.

      • NWBill

        I’m thinking that free agency doesn’t start until March 11th – which means that Buffalo could still come to an agreement with him before midnight on that date. I’m thinking that you didn’t know that, and didn’t do your homework on free agency. I’m also thinking that you have a higher opinion of the Browns than I do – refresh my memory ….which team got turned down by several candidates before they hired Mike Pettine? Nothing against Mike, but he wasn’t Cleveland’s first choice – otherwise, he would’ve been hired by them long before he was.

        I’m thinking that you have missed quite a few things in your reply.

        THAT’S what I’m thinking …and now you know.

  • Matt Miller

    I don’t understand why we can’t keep Ward and get Byrd, we have the money to have both and still have a lot of money left.

    • Josh Hart

      Because it would tie up a ton of $ into 2 safeties when Haden and several other impact players are FA’s next year.

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