Jairus Byrd’s departure from Buffalo became official Tuesday when the former Bills safety was signed to a six-year contract by the New Orleans Saints. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills haven’t added any new talent through the first seven hours of free agency, but they’ve already lost their marquee free agent from their 2013 roster. Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowl free safety who the Bills opted against franchise tagging for a second consecutive year, has been signed to a six-year contract by the New Orleans Saints.
According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Byrd’s contract is worth $54 million total with $28 million guaranteed. While the year-to-year structure of the deal remained unreported as of midnight Wednesday, his total contract value, guaranteed money and per-year salary all rank highest among all NFL safeties (and as such, are all-time records for the position), according to Spotrac. His signing bonus is reportedly $11 million, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, which would be the second-highest among NFL safeties, per Spotrac.