At this point Jairus Byrd remains an unsigned franchise player of the Bills. He could sign his one-year franchise or he could reach a long term agreement with Buffalo. One ESPN analyst would be surprised if the situation wasn’t resolved with the latter.
ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker is expecting Byrd to sign a long term deal with the Bills to remain in Buffalo for the foreseeable future.
I’d be surprised if #Bills don’t eventually reach extension w/Jairus Byrd. Cap room there and Byrd’s in his prime. It makes too much sense.
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerESPN) May 25, 2013
While there’s no debating it makes too much sense, it takes two sides to make a deal happen. And when it comes to franchise designated players money is the biggest obstacle. Here are two very interesting answers that Byrd gave me in a one-on-one interview with Buffalobills.com last December.
I asked him knowing that his father played for one NFL club his entire career, would it influence him in wanting to re-sign with the Bills (keep in mind this was before he was designated as the franchise player).
“No,” said Byrd. “I mean he really didn’t have a chance back then. When he talked that was kind of pre-free agency and it got started right toward the end of his career so it wasn’t really something that was big back then. The game has changed a lot.”
I then asked him besides money what would play into his free agent decision making when assessing a situation.
“You’ve just got to look at where the team is headed, what’s going on with the situation,” he said. “You’ve got to take in a lot of things. That’s something that when the time comes I have to do.”
It’s truly a wait and see as to whether the Bills and Byrd can hammer out a long term deal.
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