Free safety Jairus Byrd was not able to agree on a long-term deal with the Buffalo Bills before Monday's deadline for players who received their team's franchise tag.
"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 general manager Doug Whaley said. "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."
Byrd skipped the Bills' mandatory minicamp last month, and said at the time he'd stay away from the team until he has a contract. He has yet to sign his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender.
A second-round draft pick in 2009, Byrd has played his entire career with the Bills. He started all 16 games last season and had five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
In starting 57 of 62 career games, Byrd is second in the league since 2009 with 18 interceptions and has been selected to a pair of Pro Bowls
By The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: July 15, 2013 05:01:02 PM
Bills, Byrd unable to reach long-term deal
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