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Posted: Monday, 10 March 2014 12:16PM

Report: 3 teams showing "real" interest in Jairus Byrd



(WGR 550) -- If the writing wasn't on the wall when the Buffalo Bills elected to use the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd, or then again when they gave Aaron Williams a hefty four-year contract extension, then it certainly is now.

Byrd likely won't be returning to western New York to play for head coach Doug Marrone.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, three other teams in the NFL have shown real interest in potentially bringing Jairus Byrd in as their top safety. The report lists the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins as those that are attempting to rope in Byrd.

Rapoport also said the St. Louis Rams inquired during the three-day "legal tampering" window before free agency kicks off on Tuesday, March 11.

UPDATE:
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that he's hearing the Dolphins' interest in Byrd is merely a smokescreen.

Earning the reputation as a fierce negotiator, agent Eugene Parker isn't known to budge for less than what he feels his client is worth. Byrd's worth may finally have been found out, with Peter King of Sports Illustrated writing Monday that the safety is looking to earn $9 million per season.

Teams and unrestricted free agents cannot finalize an agreement until Tuesday at 4 pm when the new league year begins, signaling the start of the free agent period. Byrd, 27, had 22 interceptions in five seasons with the Bills.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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