Monday was the deadline for NFL teams to reach a deal with their franchise players, otherwise each player will be making the amount of their respected franchise tender — assuming it’s signed.
The Buffalo Bills now find themselves in a bit of a sticky situation with their franchise player, safety Jairus Byrd, who has failed to sign his tender up to this point.
According to WGRZ’s Adam Benigni, Byrd has demanded the Bills to make him the league’s highest-paid safety. The 26 year-old defensive back is coming off of a season in which he had five interceptions, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles and a total of 76 tackles in 2012.
Currently, the highest paid safety in the NFL is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu registering in at $9.125 million per year. Byrd was rated as the second best safety in the league last year according to Pro Football Focus, so the demand is not as crazy as it sounds.
If the deal indeed fails to be reached, which by all indications that’s already been established, Byrd could very well hold out of training camp and who knows, maybe even further than that.
Buffalo cannot afford to lose Byrd, as he is not only one of the best safeties in the league but quite honestly is their only realistic option at the position. In most cases, players will wind up signing the tender and playing out their last season with the team before hitting the market the next year.
I would guess Byrd will find out just how boring and uneventful his life is without the Bills sooner or later, and come to his senses to sign the $6.916 million tender.