Bills free agent S Jairus Byrd mentioned that he is still open to re-signing with the Bills, despite the fact Buffalo elected to not use their franchise tag on him Monday.
“At this point I’m definitely keeping all my options open,” said Byrd, via BuffaloBills.com. “See whatever happens in free agency. The lines of communication are open with them as well. So no door is shut.”
Bills GM Doug Whaley mentioned that they haven’t closed the door on re-signing Byrd in the coming days.
“It’s a negotiation,” Whaley said, via BuffaloBills.com. “We still have some time to get it done so we’re not closing the door on it. We’re hopeful. We’re optimistic, but we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Byrd will have no trouble finding interest on the open market given that a number of cap-rich teams are in need of safety help. The Eagles, Browns and Falcons have all been mentioned as speculative options for Byrd should be available.
Byrd, 27, is believed to be looking for a similar contract to that of Eric Weddle, who received a five-year, $40 million deal from the Chargers back in 2011.
Last year, Byrd totaled 48 tackles, 4 sacks, one interception and a forced fumble for the Bills defense. Pro Football Focus has Byrd rated as the No. 8 safety in the league last season.
We have him listed as the No. 1 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.