It’s a decision that ultimately not up to him, but Bills S Aaron Williams would love to have fellow safety Jairus Byrd back for next season and beyond in Buffalo’s secondary.
Williams and Byrd appeared to hit it off after Williams transitioned to safety and Byrd re-entered the lineup in Week 6 after dealing with a foot injury early in the year. Byrd even credited Williams with keying him into a play that was coming from the Jets in Week 11 against the Jets pre-snap that led to one of his two interceptions in that game.
Williams believes their combination in the defensive backfield is already one of the best in football, which is why he’d like to see that partnership continue.
“That decision is above my pay scale, but I would love to have Jairus Byrd back,” said Williams. “We have a great chemistry. He’s been with me since I got here, and he’s taught me a lot, especially at the safety position. He’s helped me excel at my game in that area.
“We’re honestly the best safety duo in the NFL. Say what you want, I don’t know any other safety duos that put up the same numbers as Byrd and I. With that kind of expectation, with that kind of chemistry and duo, I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring him back. We do a great job together, we make plays and we put leadership in our defense.”
Buffalo GM Doug Whaley said they are in the business of keeping good players and acknowledged Byrd is one of them, but Byrd is the one who has the power to choose where he’ll play in 2014 and beyond.
Williams even left a signed number 23 jersey of his in Byrd’s locker on locker clean out day thanking him for what he did to help him progress at safety this past season.
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