He certainly wasn’t happy when every mention of his name was invariably linked with the franchise tag and the inability to reach a long term contract extension with the Bills. A holdout ensued, he missed all of training camp and reported to the team right before the season, but plantar fasciitis kept him out of the first five games. Now with six games under his belt Byrd is hitting his stride, but perhaps more importantly is enjoying his role in Buffalo’s new defense.
“Yeah, I’m having a lot of fun,” Byrd said. “Anytime I can play this game, especially with these guys. Kyle (Williams), guys like that who have been here. There’s a lot of new faces but I’ve kind of gotten comfortable and a feel for everyone in the locker room. These are just great guys in here and anytime you can go out there, and a lot of people use that saying of family but it really is. You can go out there and just play with your brothers out there and just have fun, there’s nothing like it.”
At the conclusion of the regular season the Bills intend to re-open talks in the hopes of reaching a long term contract extension with Byrd. The Bills safety sounds like he’s enjoying the way Mike Pettine runs his defense and he might be encouraged to remain a part of it knowing when a team leads the league in sacks, interceptions usually follow.
No one can predict where the future relationship goes between Byrd and the Bills, but what is clear is the safety has put the trying offseason behind him.
“You can’t change it now. We’ve got to win. I’ve been here for four years; I want to win games here,” he said. “I just thank God that we got a win (Sunday), that’s the biggest thing.”
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