Could the Philadelphia Eagles be a landing spot for the disgruntled safety Jairus Byrd?
NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Byrd will miss the start of the season for the Buffalo Bills because of a lingering plantar fasciitis injury. Rapoport also reported the “wildcard” to watch for in the Byrd situation is the Eagles.
Byrd did play for Oregon when current Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator. Plus, this sort of sounds like the Jason Peters situation a few years back.
The Bills designated Byrd as their franchise player in February, but the Pro Bowl safety did not sign his franchise tender until Aug. 20. But of course, after hearing the report of him wanting out of Buffalo, Byrd denied those rumors. Byrd questioned the sources of the report.
Either way, he doesn’t appear to be all too pleased about not getting a long-term deal from the Bills. The Eagles’ secondary is still a mess and with Nate Allen winning a starting position again by default, this move almost makes too much sense to me for it not to happen. The 26-year old ball hawk, would be a perfect fit for the Eagles.
Byrd has 18 career interceptions and 10 forced fumbles in his young career. He is a four-year veteran of the league, and will be entering his fifth season in 2013.