“Do I want to prove to them anything?” Byrd said, via the Buffalo News. “I guess in four years if I didn’t, I don’t know what I can do, you know what I’m saying? Their mindset is what it is. I just have to go out there and focus on football and just help this team in any way possible.”
This comes less than a week after Graham reported that Byrd holds “considerable animosity” toward the team.
There have been rumors circulating that Byrd would like a trade out of Buffalo, but we’ve yet to hear anything concrete regarding the idea.
Byrd recently signed his one-year franchise tender worth $6.916 million. If Byrd was to be traded, his new team would have to wait until the offseason to workout a long-term deal with him.
We have Byrd listed as the No. 3 player in our Top 50 – 2014 Free Agents list.
Graham notes that Byrd is “not thrilled about returning to the Buffalo Bills on their terms,” which obviously includes not having a long term deal and being without a no-tag designation with the franchise tag.
If the Bills were looking to move to Byrd now rather than wait until next offseason, there’s no question that there would be plenty of interest in the two-time Pro Bowler.
Byrd just signed his one-year franchise tender worth $6.916 million on Tuesday, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent again next season.
This remains a speculative idea at best, but there’s a chance we could be hearing more regarding the topic at some point in the near future.
- Albert Breer reports that Byrd deal does not include a tag provision for the 2014 season.
- Tim Graham reports that the Bills were surprised that Byrd signed his contract, considering that they haven’t held any substantive contract talks in recent days.
Bills GM Doug Whaley told reporters on Tuesday that there’s “nothing new” regarding S Jairus Byrd’s holdout.
“We hope he gets in here before the season opener,” Whaley said, via the Buffalo News. “But only he can tell us on that one.”
Byrd, 26, received the team’s franchise tag back in March, but the deadline to workout a long-term deal has already passed. Byrd’s franchise tender is worth $6.916 million.
Buffalo has said that they would like to keep Byrd as a part of their team moving forward, but as of now, they’re just hoping he’ll show in time for the regular season. Byrd should have no trouble securing a solid long-term contract if the Bills elect to not use their franchise tag on him again next season.