The Buffalo Bills did not sign Jairus Byrd to a long-term contract extension prior to Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports Images)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
Jairus Byrd’s NFL future remains in flux, and will continue to be uncertain throughout the 2013 NFL season. The Buffalo Bills will be unable to sign Byrd to a long-term contract until after the 2013 season, after failing to come to terms on a deal with their star free safety prior to Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
The Bills would certainly like to have Byrd, one of the NFL’s best players at his position, on the roster for many years to come. As far as the upcoming season is concerned, however, the Bills now must turn their focus to if and when Byrd will sign his one-year, $6.916 million franchise tender.
There is no deadline for Byrd to sign the one-year contract until Nov. 12 (following Week 10 of the NFL season). While he will be expected to sign that contract prior to the start of the season, he has the option of holding out and signing a prorated version of that contract at any point until that date, at which point he would become ineligible to play for the rest of the NFL season.
If the long-term outlook for a deal looks bleak, the Bills may have to prepare for life without Byrd next offseason. If Byrd does not sign prior to the 2013 season, however, it will be a massive and immediate blow to the Bills defense.