After hearing over the weekend that the Miami Dolphins were among the teams interested in free agent safety Jairus Byrd, it appears that such reports were smoke and mirrors. While there could be interest in Byrd from the Dolphins, Miami Herald beat writer Adam Beasley is reporting that all talks appear to have been a smokescreen by the Dolphins.
Pump the brakes on the Jairus Byrd-to-Miami talk, people. I’m hearing that’s a smokescreen.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) March 10, 2014
This seems to make sense, as Byrd is the best safety on the market and is commanding an annual salary of at least $9 million. Miami has money to spend but they won’t be putting all their coins into one basket this offseason. Byrd would have been a nice addition but it appears they’re after another name.
This could be former Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward or it could be a play to get Roman Harper to lower whatever price he has set. Either way, Byrd doesn’t seem a likely candidate for the Dolphins anymore as the trickery of free agency is clearly underway.