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Franchise player Jairus Byrd did not sign a long-term deal with the Bills on Monday. Byrd was given the franchise tag in March and had until yesterday to hammer out an extension with the team that selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft. Byrd can only sign a one-year deal and will be not be permitted to renegotiate that deal until after the 2013 season.
General manager Doug Whaley released a statement regarding the matter
Monday. "We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but
unfortunately, were unable to reach one before today's deadline," the statement
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
The franchise tag for safeties this year is $6.916 million. Troy Polamalu, the Steelers strong safety averages $9.125 million followed by Kansas City's Eric Berry at $8.34 million.
I think its importand for the Bills to get a new deal done. Byrd is one the team's best players. Over the years the Bills have re-signed good players but have let elite guys go because of money. If the Bills are to change their losing ways and their frugal reputation, the team needs to pay Byrd.