Last week safety Jairus Byrd appeared surprised by reports that he had requested a trade following an offseason in which he and the Bills could not reach a long term contract agreement prior to the franchise player deadline of July 15th. On Wednesday morning, Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon refuted reports of a trade request.
Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Brandon said a trade request has not been made by Byrd.
“There was no trade request,” said Brandon. “That isn’t even a topic of conversation in this building.”
When asked if the team would even consider a deal for Byrd if they were approached by another club, Brandon didn’t completely dismiss the idea, but made it clear that moving Byrd off the roster is not in their plans.
“You always listen to anything from your fellow clubs, but that is not in our topic of conversation in our building right now,” said Brandon. “Our focus is seeing (Byrd) get back on the field.”
Brandon’s comments about Byrd ran in concert with those of head coach Doug Marrone, who has praised the safety’s approach on the field despite the disappointment of not reaching a long-term contract agreement with Buffalo.
“He’s the exact same guy he’s always been,” Brandon said. “Is he disappointed that we weren’t able to come to an agreement? Absolutely and we are as well. But that’s the business part that we don’t even like talking about. When it comes to the football end and the team end, he’s a great professional and a great teammate. J.B. has been nothing but a professional from the day he walked in the building and continues to do so.”
The team’s chief executive also reiterated that the organization’s goal remains the same as it did in the summer, to sign Byrd to a long-term extension. By league rule that cannot happen until after the regular season.
“We’re disappointed that we weren’t able to come to an agreement,” he said. “We worked hard to try to get him locked in long term. It didn’t happen, but he’s here and he’s on our team. When the opportunity arises and we can get into those discussions again we will go down the exact same path and try to get J.B. locked in.”
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