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.