The saga of Jairud Byrd continues in Buffalo as the free-agent-to-be safety didn’t get the franchise tag from the Bills and will be hitting the open market next week. Still, despite the tag last year and the talks of a long term contract breaking down this winter, the Bills haven’t closed the door on bringing Byrd back and the feeling is mutual according to the safety.
"Appearing on ESPN Tuesday morning, a day after the Bills chose not to place the franchise tag on him Byrd said he has not eliminated Buffalo as a potential landing spot.“At this point I’m definitely keeping all my options open,” said Byrd. “See whatever happens in free agency. The lines of communication are open with them as well. So no door is shut.”"
This is good news for Bills fans who don’t want to see the safety replaced but the chances of him retiring are still slim. Next to T.J. Ward, Byrd is the top safety in free agency and is already drawing interest from the Chicago Bears.
If he draws more interest, his price tag will rise out of the range the Bills are willing to pay, but they may try to match whatever he gets offered on the market if they feel the price is fair.