Posts Tagged ‘Franchise Tag’

Jairus Byrd Left Untagged by Buffalo Bills: Reactions and Analysis

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Jairus Byrd’s time with the Buffalo Bills has likely come to an end after five seasons. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Jairus Byrd’s career with the Buffalo Bills might be over after five seasons with the team. The Bills announced Monday that they are not using the franchise tag on any of its unrestricted free agents, which the three-time Pro Bowl safety will become next week.

When he was franchise tagged by the Bills last offseason, Byrd ultimately played out 2013 on a one-year, $6.916 million contract, but not before his relationship with the team became tenuous. After the parties failed to strike a long-term contract agreement, Byrd decided to hold out through all of training camp and the preseason, only returning to the team in time for the start of the regular season (though he then went on to miss the team’s first five games with plantar fasciitis).

One would think that last year’s ordeal played a significant part in Buffalo’s decision not to tag him again this offseason.

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Is Franchise Tagging Jairus Byrd The Right Move for Buffalo Bills?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Bills have until Monday to make a decision on whether to place a franchise tag on free safety Jairus Byrd. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With Monday’s franchise tag deadline fast approaching, the Buffalo Bills have a major decision on one of their team’s best players, free safety Jairus Byrd. While the Bills and Byrd are reportedly involved in “pleasant” contract discussions, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, Buffalo might be forced into the choice of either franchise Byrd for a second consecutive season, or letting Byrd walk, if no resolution is made by the weekend.

Typically, franchising a player of Byrd’s caliber would be an easy decision, as he is one of the NFL’s best players at his position and should receive top dollars if he does reach the open market. In this situation, that decision is not as obvious.

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Counterpoint: Buffalo Bills Should Not Trade Jairus Byrd

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Jairus Byrd may not be on the Buffalo Bills past this season, but Ryan Talbot thinks the Bills should at least keep him through 2013. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reported last week that Jairus Byrd wants out of Buffalo. While Byrd and Eugene Parker, his agent, have both denied the report, the Bills should not even entertain the idea of trading the talented safety, even if Byrd does in fact want out.

Recently, BBD editor Dan Hope made a case in favor of the Bills trading Byrd. In my opinion, the Bills should keep Byrd for the 2013-2014 season.

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Should the Buffalo Bills Trade Jairus Byrd?

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Free safety Jairus Byrd could be looking for a trade out of Buffalo, according to a Thursday report from the Buffalo News. Is it time for the Bills to move on? (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Jairus Byrd’s time with the Buffalo Bills could be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

The free safety is signed to a one-year, $6.916 million franchise tender after failing to reach a long-term contract extension with the Bills this summer. The restrictive franchise tag might not necessarily keep Byrd in Buffalo all year, however. Byrd and his agent, Eugene Parker, are trying to engineer a trade from the Bills before the NFL trade deadline, according to a report from Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

If the Bills can get good return value on Byrd, they may be smart to grant his wish.

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Will Jairus Byrd Still Fly? How Potentially Missing Training Camp Could Affect Him

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

With only one week remaining until training camp, it is unknown whether free safety Jairus Byrd will sign his franchise tender and report to camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills and star free safety Jairus Byrd failed to negotiate a contract prior to Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term contract extensions. Furthermore, Byrd has yet to sign his one-year, $6.916 million tender. With only one week until training camp, it is becoming expected that Byrd will miss most if not all of training camp.

Since Byrd had the franchise tag placed on him four months ago, it’s unlikely that the Bills had a backup plan for him not being on the field. While he will most likely sign his one-year deal prior to the start of the season, what the team does have to consider is how a prolonged holdout through training camp and the preseason could affect the on-field performance of their star defender.

The holdout has long been a part of NFL culture, affecting some of the league’s most prominent stars from Eric Dickerson in 1985 and 1990 to Jerry Rice in 1992 and Emmitt Smith in 1993. However, for the sake of comparison, I’m going to examine some of the NFL’s most recent and prominent holdouts since 1999.

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