Posted: Thursday, 25 July 2013 2:52PM

Report: Byrd won't attend start of Bills' camp



(WGR 550) -- With the July 15 deadline having come and gone for the Buffalo Bills and franchised safety Jairus Byrd to get a deal done, there wasn't a very large expectation that the two sides would mend fences by the time training camp came around just 11 days later.

That's exactly what the latest report indicates, signaling that Byrd and agent Eugene Parker are digging their heels in on this high-priced staredown.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, two sources tell him that Byrd is not expected to report to training camp in time for the first practice on Sunday, July 28. The safety has yet to sign his franchise tag, so he is not subjected to any fines for missing practice time.

To add another layer of discord between the sides, Albert Breer of NFL.com reports there have been no contact between the Bills and Byrd in almost a month.

The safety can elect to stay away until after Week 10 of the season if he so chooses, then must sign the franchise tag to avoid losing an accrued season in the National Football League. The Bills can only negotiate a one-year deal with Byrd, and Byrd's camp could push to put a restriction on the deal to disallow Buffalo from giving him the franchise or transition tag again in 2014.

It is unkown at this point both if, and when, Byrd will elect to sign his franchise tag and report to training camp. Members of the team are set to report to camp at St. John Fisher College on Friday, July 26 with workouts beginning the next day.

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