The NFL trade deadline came and went, going virtually unnoticed as it does most years. That said, there was much talk about the Buffalo Bills moving their franchise-tagged free safety Jairus Byrdas. Most fans of the team would have preferred a move since they don’t want him to walk away from the team without the Bills getting some sort of compensation back for the talented star.
However, in a weird twist of irony, the going rate for some excellent players has been extremely low this year. For example, Levi Brown went from the Arizona Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Steelers for late-round picks while he was picked fifth overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.
However, it is entirely possible that the Bills could get more value in the way of a third-round compensation pick in the 2015 Draft. Byrd and the Bills agreed to a one-year deal without a promise of not playing the franchise tag on him in 2014, so who knows what the future holds, but the Bills will either give him a long-term deal in the offseason or tag him again and get bigger compensation from a team, even though he’s a free safety.
Regardless of whether they should have looked to move him this season, it should be very interesting to see what happens next with the Bills and Jairus Byrd after the 2013 NFL Season concludes.