The draft is still a few months away, but regarding the Jairus Byrd situation, the Buffalo Bills are officially on the clock. The National Football League institutes a two-week window for teams to declare their intentions with what they deem to be the impending unrestricted free agent with the highest priority. Opening Monday, the Bills and the rest of the teams in the NFL have until March 3 to assign the franchise tag to whomever they believe worthy. For Buffalo, it could be a case of déjà vu with safety Jairus Byrd. Tagged by the Bills for the 2013 season, the playmaking safety came away with five interceptions in just 11 games which helped him earn his second trip to the Pro Bowl. It proved once again that Byrd was one of the top players at his position, opening up the Bills to the idea of signing him for the longterm. There's no doubting that the relationship between the organization and the player was a bit rocky to start the season. Byrd, fresh off delaying the signing of his tag until the last moment he could before the team could use a roster exemption on him, was very short in his words during his initial briefing with the media. "Do I feel stuck here?" he said when asked that very question. "I'm just here. You know what I'm saying? I'm here, playing football." Byrd signed his one-year tender for $6.916 million and, in what some contemplated to be a calculated move, sat out for the first five games of the season after dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis in both feet. The safety grew fond of not only defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and how he concocted game plans, but also bonded with defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson. While the latter remains in his position, the former bolted for the head coaching gig in Cleveland, leaving Byrd to have his fifth new defensive coordinator in his first six years in the league if he inevitably hangs around Buffalo for another year.
Bills have 2 weeks to franchise tag Byrd
WGR 550 Sports Radio | Feb 17