On day three of the NFL draft, the Bills made back-to-back safety picks in rounds four and five taking S Duke Williams from Nevada and S Jonathan Meeks from Clemson. The choices appeared to be proactive to protect themselves against the possibility of Jairus Byrd not being back with the club for the long haul.
Bills GM Buddy Nix indicated that their choices in those two rounds were based on board value more than anything else.
“They were the two best guys up there at the time we were picking,” said Nix. ”Obviously we want to be prepared for whatever happens.”
To this point Byrd has not signed his franchise tender. Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon is hoping Byrd and the club can reach an agreement on a long term agreement.
“He has the opportunity to wait until he’s comfortable,” said Brandon of Byrd signing his one-year franchise tender. ”We’ll continue that dialogue. You always want to always have all your guys here, but we understand the situation and we’ll just keep working through it.”
Brandon also confirmed that the club would like to have Byrd back in the fold.
“Organizationally of course we’d love to have him back,” said of Byrd. ”We utilized the asset that was available to us with the franchise tag as you all know. It’s a priority for the organization and we hope to continue to work through the process with him and more importantly his agent, and we’ll keep conversations in a fluid process.”
Tags: Jairus Byrd, Ralph Wilson
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