Saints Free Up $4.8M In Cap Space By Reworking Jairus Byrd’s Contract

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Saints have restructured the contract of S Jairus Byrd and in the process, freed up $4.8 million of available cap space.

According to Yates, the Saints converted Byrd’s $6 million roster bonus into signing bonus. This move dropped his cap figure from $10.3 million to $5.5 million.

Any move to create cap space is a big deal to the Saints right now and wouldn’t be surprising to seem them rework a few more contracts in the coming days given how bad of a financial situation they’re currently in.

Reports from Wednesday said that the Saints have a few players with bad contracts on the trade block right now, so there will likely be a few moves coming.

Byrd, 28, still has another five years remaining on his six-year, $54 million contract that included $26.3 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $2 million (2015), $7.4 million (2016), $7.9 million (2017), $8.4 million (2018), and $8.6 million (2019).

Last year, he appeared in just four games and recorded 22 tackles, a forced fumble and two pass defenes for the Saints.

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