INDIANAPOLIS (WGR 550) -- The future of Jairus Byrd in regards to the Buffalo Bills could very well hang in the balance over some food and drinks on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Speaking at the NFL Combine to local reporters, general manager Doug Whaley revealed that the team has yet to speak with Byrd's representatives, but intend to do so in the coming days.
"We will have discussions this week with his camp," Whaley said. "But there has been conversations with his camp before we got here."
The Bills announced shortly after that the meeting would be happening on Saturday, and would also serve as a chance to discuss the future of fellow impending unrestricted free agent Alex Carrington. He is also represented by the same agent, Eugene Parker.
If the talks do not go well between the Bills and Parker about Byrd, then Buffalo's likeliest course of action would be to franchise tag the safety for the second consecutive year. This time around, however, it would be in an effort to not let Byrd walk out the door of One Bills Drive without any compensation for a player that is considered to be one of the best at his position.
"In that situation, you're going to use every option open. We don't want to put ourselves in a corner, and I don't want to say to you guys, 'We're going to do this,' and then something changes and we don't something different," Whaley said regarding the franchise tag. "We as an organization, again, we're going to leave every option open for Jairus because we would like him back."
If Byrd leaves the Bills it wouldn't be due to a lack of effort from Buffalo's end. They have repeatedly said they would put an offer on the table to Byrd in an effort to sign him to a long-term contract. Head coach Doug Marrone fawned over Byrd and how he was as a teammate despite the rather acrimonious start to the 2013 season between the front office and the player.
"After the season was over, my evaluation, I told [Jairus] what I was gonna go to management with," the head coach said. "I told Jairus, I have nothing but great things to say. I have nothing but great things to recommend. And then now, that goes to Doug Whaley and then it goes to management and then they try to come up with something and try to see what's best for both parties. But, I love him. I really do. He did an outstanding job for us."
If things go poorly, the Bills would have the option to tag Byrd, keep him for another season and pay him a guaranteed salary of $8.299 million. However, that would merely further alienate him and the Bills would ultimately lose him after the 2014 season for nothing. Non-quarterbacks cannot be tagged three years in a row, according to the National Football League Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Likely not to be the only team to show interest in Byrd, the Cleveland Browns and head coach Mike Pettine have very "real" interest in acquiring the safety, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapaport. Pettine served as the Bills defensive coordinator in the 2013 season, and has shown a track record of bringing a safety along with him to help teach his defense to a new team.
As a member of the Jets, Pettine and head coach Rex Ryan brought safety Jim Leonhard over to New York from Baltimore after the safety started several games on their defense for the Ravens. When he arrived to Buffalo, Pettine once again reached out to Leonhard and the Bills signed him to a one-year deal.
The proceedings will be on hold until Saturday at the earliest, because the Bills will have to gauge what Byrd and Parker perceives the safety's value to be.
"We're gonna try to go after all our free agents that we have out there," Whaley said when asked aboout how they'll fill their voluminous cap space. "That all depends on what they perceive their value is compared to us and we have a priority list, and we'll go down that priority list."
The latter portion of that quote proves, among other things, that Saturday's meeting with Parker is paramount to what will inevitably happen between the two sides. The Bills have until March 3 to assign the franchise tag.
If you want to win, stop discarding really good players, isn't 14 years enough, If he walks, I can't root for the Bills anymore, been a fan since 60...Just do it///
Stay tuned for Part 1,007...This is beyond a Joke.
It don't look good for Alex.
Well we know the plan for the bryd man. Its either you pay him or he's gone. Now alex with all the injuries year after year. might not make this team because the bills are not going to wait that long. Marrone already said he exspects the players come to camp strong and fit. So they can come out of the gate ready to play. Alex is not ready period time to move on. We also might lose chandler to another team. because if they pick up a te in this draft. I don't think he going to want to play 2nd string to a rookie. And by leaving he might get paid more money. To me this going to be the surpise of the draft for me. They will pick up a running back. watch and see.
Traded to Cleveland for second round pick and a Wide Reciever. Pettine will gladly take him and give up a reserve wide reciever.
This Meeting Is Just For Show
Does anyone really think that Byrd and the Bills will agree to a contract extension? If there was interest on both sides, the Bills would already know how much they want. and the deal would be close to being done. Byrd and his agent are only meeting with the Bills in hopes that they won't franchise tag him again. It should be obvious to all that Byrd has no interest in continuing to play for the Bills.
From my Armchair
I wish I could be there at the meeting to be a mediator. I'm sure I could be a help assisting the Bills to make a simple and easy decision.
its got to hurt
it must suck to know that you will get 8.3 million on a franchise tag. I would hate to be in that situation
Bills best play?
Tag Byrd then trade him to Cleveland for there # 2 in what is considered extremely deep.
Byrds the Word
Trade him to Cleveland for a swap of no. 1 picks -Clevelands #4 pick for Buffalos #9 pick. Pettine wants him. Byrd wants to play for Pettine.
we will see today.
If they do trade him please trade him to a team that we don't have to face every two years. because the way the nfl is going now days. you can just see that brown and bengals match up every year. if we don't get the browns then we get the bengals. Now we get both of them. thats why mike went their in the first place. So he can battle us,the jets,the pats and miami. so don't give them a weapon to use on us for a later date. let them find their own players. Haven't they took enough from us. What mike want us to do. coach his team too. sorry mike but bro get out of our pockets for lol.
Tag em and Trade em....he doesn't want to be in Buffalo...if he did this deal would have been done last year...
Has Cleveland publicly stated they would want Byrd and if so, is that tampering? Also, regarding Pettine bringing in Leonhard, he wasn't brought in to teach the defense, he was brought in because of our injuries. If we were healthy, he wouldn't have been on the team.
Why do you think they drafted two safeties last year? I wouldn't wanna see him paid 10-11 mil. Unless you can free up some Mario money, and that's doubtful.
Keep our best players
The Bills' problem is a lack of great players. The only reason not to pay a Pro-Bowl player because his position is Safety, is that the team needs the money for its other great players at more important positions. The Bills don't have those great players -- that's why the Bills lose all the time. Letting Byrd go only makes the team more lousy than it presently is, but still well below the salary cap. Does anyone expect the Bills to suddenly draft so many great young, cheaper, players that the team will start to win? For over a decade, the Bills have proven that they're one of the worst NFL teams at finding talent. When a team is bad at finding talent, shouldn't they at least keep what little they find? The Bills need to keep every great player they can find. It's not a money problem with the Bills. It's a talent problem.
Byrd vs $$$
$9 mil for any FS is way too much.Mark Kelso must be thinking $$$ if he were playing now.If they can't reach a deal with him,Tag & Trade!
If they trade Byrd to the Browns, I hope they get their second 1st round pick (from Colts via Richardson trade). It is the 26th pick of the first round, seems like a fair deal to me. At worst take their 2nd round pick and a player (SS TJ Ward or TE Jordan Cameron)... they can sign Chandler to replace Cameron as a FA.
Farm Team for the NFL
Excellent newspaper story and it explains all. TOO BAD BILLS ON WGR cause you can’t run the three 1 stooges out of town. The lifers collectively have destroyed the City of Buffalo along with the Bills. Now everything is clear. Marrone was set up by the lifers to look inept and so was Doug. For those who question the reporter’s sources you really have to wonder why the top players run away from the Bills to seek their own doctors. Quite obvious isn't it. Its cause of Dr. Bud. RUN THESES GUYS OTTA TOWN. WHO WANTS TO BET BYRD GOS JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHERS BEFORE HIM SINCE 1986.
RUSS BRANDON EXPOSED
Yea finally the root cause of losing has been uncovered. If this isn’t fixed soon it then supports that the Man behind the Curtain still runs the show and Glamour Boy is being used as just another stooge front man. This story obviously came out becausethe new coaches and GM are being undermined and set up for failure just like all the others here since Marv left coaching. You can’t run a team with False Titles but the bills do.
What Saturday? This article was written Friday 2/21/14
Saturday 2/22/14 has passed by and we hear nothing. Fire the beat reporter for false reporting!!!