Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Monday that they would like re-sign FS Jairus Byrd this offseason.
“We’ve had a conversation — myself and Russ — sat and talked to Jairus, and we’re gonna make an offer to the guy and we’re gonna try to keep him,” said Whaley, via WGR 550 Buffalo. “We’re gonna try to the best of abilities because we’re in the business of collecting good players and he’s a good player.”
Byrd, 26, is in the final year of his contract and will be one of the most sought after free agents on the open market. That’s, of course, assuming that the Bills do not use their franchise tag on Byrd for the second straight season, which Whaley wasn’t willing to rule out as an option .
“That’s always an option. We’re not gonna back ourselves into a corner and eliminate any possibility of trying to retain a good player,” Whaley said. “We’re gonna leave all options on the table.”
Considering that Buffalo has already tagged Byrd once, it would cost them over $8 million to use the designation again in 2014.
Byrd has said previously that he is hoping to be one of, if not, the highest paid safeties in the league.
We have Byrd listed as the No. 6 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.