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- Rapoport adds that two league sources believe it’s unlikely that Byrd will traded.
- The eleven teams who could afford to trade for Byrd include: the Browns, Cardinals, Bengals, Panthers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Patriots, Packers, Eagles and Jaguars.
There are actually a number of issues working against this trade. Byrd is currently dealing with plantar fasciiti in his foot. The fact that he’s been designated with the Bills franchise tag also works to his disadvantage now that the deadline has passed to negotiate a long-term deal. Buffalo would likely be asking for a second-round pick in return for Byrd and teams generally are not looking to part with draft picks at this point in the year.
We have Byrd listed as the No. 3 player in our Top 50 – 2014 NFL Free Agents list.
The two sides are reportedly at an “impasse” with regards to a long-term extension. Numerous reports have suggested that Byrd is clearly unhappy with his contract situation, so is only real option would be to find an interested team willing to part with a draft pick in return for him.
Byrd is currently dealing with plantar fasciitis, which could complicate the situation to some degree.
This year’s trade deadline is on October 29, so I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty regarding potential suitors in the first half of the season.