With the deadline for the Bills and franchise designated player Jairus Byrd now less than a month away, national reporters have begun to handicap the odds of a long term deal being struck between the two sides.
CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora is the latest to do so. Here’s what he wrote about the Bills’ situation with Byrd along with a host of other franchise players in similar circumstances.
Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills: There hasn’t been any real movement in these talks, according to sources, so based on that alone one might not be optimistic. But, man, the Bills cannot afford to risk losing any good young talent. This ball hawk is a difference maker, and if Buffalo can ever get that pass rush thing figured out, then the opportunities for Byrd to get his hands on the ball only increase. The Bills are sitting on about $20 million of cap space, fourth-most in the NFL, and getting Byrd off the tag will actually create more space for them over time. You don’t overspend like mad on Mario Williams only to let your homegrown talent depart, and franchising again Byrd in 2013 would just be more expensive. It also isn’t exactly the way for a new coaching and front office regime to engender positive vibes in the locker room.
Denver LT Ryan Clady, Dallas OLB Anthony Spencer, Chicago DT Henry Melton, Kansas City OT Branden Albert, Miami DT Randy Starks and Cincinnati DE Michael Johnson are all in the same situation as Byrd. Albert, Johnson and Starks could very well play under one-year deals. Whether Byrd falls into that same category remains to be seen.
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