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Byrd will have “ground to make up”-Bills GM

Posted by johnmurphyshow on August 20, 2013 – 3:00 pm

The Bills are still locked in a stalemate with Pro Bowl Safety Jairus Byrd, who has yet to sign his franchise tender. And one day before the team breaks training camp, GM Doug Whaley says Byrd will have to play catch-up once he signs.

“He’s going to have some ground to make up,” Whaley told reporters Tuesday at noon at St. John Fisher college.

“A lot of it is just installation and the mental part of it,” he said. “It’s a new system, and it’s an intricate system. Safeties do make a lot of calls, so he’s missed that.”

“But he’s a professional. I know he’ll come in here ready to work and try to contribute as soon as possible.”

Byrd was given the franchise tag back in March and the two sides were unable to reach agreement on a long term contract for the safety before the July 15th deadline. That means if and when he decides to play, Byrd will likely play for the one-year franchise tag salary of $6.9-million.

Whaley says there’s nothing new to report on the Byrd situation. And he says the team still holds out hope that he’ll sign his tender offer and report soon.

“We hope he gets here before the season opener,” Whaley said, “but only he can tell us on that one.”

“It’s not frustration, because we know that the only thing that can happen is that when he gets in, we’ll just put the playbook in front of him and hopefully he’s in shape and we just go from there.”

The entire press conference with Bills GM Doug Whaley is available here

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