The Buffalo Bills elected to not re-sign free agent safety Jairus Byrd to a long-term contract that would have given the team consistent production at a very important position. The question has to be asked, did the Bills do the right thing by not signing Byrd or will the decision come back to haunt the organization in the near future?
“We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately, were unable to reach one before today’s deadline,” Bills first-year general manager Dough Whaley said, according to the Washington Post. “Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on training camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season.”
Buffalo gave the 26-year-old a franchise tender in March, but Byrd is clearly in no rush in signing the contract after being denied a lengthy contract. In fact, it might take him right up until the start of the season for him to officially be a member of the roster for 2013. One cannot blame the four-year player for being upset after he has been a dominant defensive back for the Bills his entire career.
Byrd has recorded 308 total tackles, two sacks, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns, 27 passes defended and a whopping 18 interceptions for 324 yards in 62 career games. He has only missed two regular season games during his time in the league, which occurred his rookie year.
Obviously, the two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro has every reason to be angry after his outstanding production over the years.