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Posted: Tuesday, 20 August 2013 10:09PM

Byrd signs franchise tender with Bills



Pittsford, NY (WGR 550)  -- The wait for the Buffalo Bills is over. Franchised safety Jairus Byrd has officially signed his tender and will report to the team for the 2013 season.

An ongoing situation since being tagged in early March, Byrd chose to stay away from training camp after no long-term contract was reached. The two sides had until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year deal, but little to no contact led to the two sides staying far apart.

The team announced that Byrd has signed his tender which will be worth a guaranteed $6.916 million for the upcoming year. According to a league source, the safety signed the tender without any language added that would prevent the Bills from using the franchise or transition tag on him again in 2014.

Because he was never technically under contract, Byrd was not subject to any fines by the team for skipping spring workouts and the majority of training camp. Now that he is under contract, he will officially count on the team's roster.

Byrd will now have 18 days to get in football condition, get acclimated with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's defense and game plan for the Bills' first regular season game at home against New England. He is presently listed as the starting free safety on the team's depth chart, with Aaron Williams as the starting strong safety.

It is unknown to this point in time if Byrd will be on campus for the final day of training camp at St. John Fisher College on Wednesday.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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