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Bills' Byrd won't let contract talk affect year

 Jairus Byrd
With the exciting off-season that the Buffalo Bills had in both roping in free agents as well as re-signing their own, it's a natural progression for people to look ahead and see who will need to be re-signed before 2013. Of all the names that are on the list for the Bills, one of the most notable is that of former Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd.

Heading in to the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Byrd is keeping a steady approach on the matter. Some players will let it dominate the discussion throughout the year, but it's doubtful that Byrd will be among that group.

Speaking with The Howard Simon Show on Wednesday, the safety was asked if there have been any negotiations to this point.

"I don't think so," Byrd replied. "I'm just letting my agent handle that."

That line of thinking remains consistent with what he told WGR back in June. Byrd continued, however.

"Can it be a distraction? Yeah, sure it can be a distraction. But I won't let it be a distraction," Byrd declared. "People always say you want to get an extension but I signed something. Just like they say Buddy [Nix] is a man of his word, I'm gonna be a man of my word. I signed a contract, I'm still under contract for another year, so it works both ways. I think that's something a lot of people don't understand that they want him to be a man of his word and at the same time the player has to, too."

You can hear the entire interview below:

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