Philadelphia Eagles Should Go After Safety Jairus Byrd

By Ryan Wenzell
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The safety position has been in flux for the Philadelphia Eagles ever since Brian Dawkins left as a free agent, and one man who could help patch that hole effectively would be Bro Bowl safety of the Buffalo Bills Jairus Byrd.

Right now the Eagles are relying on Nate Allen, a third year man who has shown flashes but has still not shown the consistency that the team needs. Kenny Phillips is a guy who when healthy is a Pro Bowl caliber player but has already shown early signs of injury, and Patrick Chung is a heavy hitter who fell out of favor in New England.

Byrd would come right in and give them instant credibility at the position. He is young and he is an absolute play-maker racking up 18 interceptions in his young career. Byrd is also familiar with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly having played for him for a few seasons at Oregon when he was the offensive coordinator of the team.

Right now the Bills and Byrd are going through a contract squabble that doesn’t look to end any time soon. Byrd potentially wants out of Buffalo. It would be in the best interest of the Eagles and Bills to make a mutually beneficial trade for both clubs. The Eagles could potentially send Allen and a second or third round choice to the Bills giving them a high upside safety that could still put his game together and a solid draft choice in a deep 2014 draft.

The Eagles would then have an elite play-maker in their secondary in a defense starving for one which would help create turnovers for Billy Davis‘ crew. We will have to wait and see how it all shakes out, but Byrd could be the perfect addition to an Eagles secondary searching for answers.

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