Coach Sean Payton announced that safety Jairus Byrd underwent a surgical procedure for one of the discs in his back. The announcement came on Thursday following the New Orleans Saints‘ first OTA that was open to the media.
Payton stated that the surgery was optional, but it was better to just get it out of the way now than have to worry about it in the fall.
The Saints surprised many by signing the Pro-Bowl safety to a six-year, $54 million contract over the offseason, so you can imagine a few fans’ hearts dropping when Coach Payton broke the news about the procedure.
Jairus Byrd was drafted out of Oregon in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He is one of the most talented free safeties in the league totaling 356 tackles, 22 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, three sacks and two defensive touchdowns so far in his career. The 22 interceptions lead the NFL among anybody at his position since his rookie season. His three Pro Bowl and All Pro selections suit the safety well.
Payton made it clear that the Saints’ new defensive back will be ready to go for training camp. It will be exciting to see Byrd step onto the field wearing black and gold for the first time. He is looking to light it up in Rob Ryan‘s aggressive, high-octane defense. With the amount of pressure the Saints fixate on opposing quarterbacks, Jairus Byrd will be in ball hawk heaven. The Big Easy can take it easy; he is good to go, New Orleans.