Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon told reporters that he’s still hopeful that they will be able sign S Jairus Byrd to a long-term contract.
“I can’t wait for Jairus to get in here. Obviously he’s a great player and a guy we have a lot of respect for,” said Brandon, via BuffaloBills.com. “Once he’s here and we get through this year we want to try to continue the discussions and negotiations with (his agent) Eugene (Parker) and get him locked in long term.”
“He’s part of the core of this team,” said Brandon. “He’s a guy that was drafted here and developed here and we want to keep that development moving forward. He’s a great player and that’s something we’d really like to have here.”
The Bills are no longer able to negotiate a new contract with Byrd now that the deadline for franchised players has passed.
“Obviously we want the player here and we want him to be a part of the future to give us an opportunity to continue to discuss and negotiate,” said Brandon. “Once we’re able to look at a long term agreement we’ll go ahead and keep working on that.”
We have Byrd listed as the No. 2 player in our Top 50 – 2014 Free Agents list.