Jairus Byrd said Tuesday that he remains in contact with the Buffalo Bills one day after the team decided not to assign the franchise tag to the pending free agent. "The door is not closed on anything. I'm not closing the door on any opportunities at all. The lines of communication are still open," Byrd told ESPN.com. "I've talked to [CEO] Russ [Brandon] and [general manager] Doug [Whaley] a couple days ago. We're talking. "So it's not anything that's hard feelings or anything like that. The conversations that we've had, we know what's going on. We're all on the same page. We'll go from here." The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing a person familiar with Byrd's contract negotiations, that talks had reached a "standstill" after the Bills made an offer to the safety that would have paid him $30 million over the next three seasons. "I don't want to get into details, but I will say any time you have something where it's a source, an unnamed source, and the full details of the situation aren't revealed, you can't really believe everything you hear," Byrd said. Byrd said there are "no hard feelings" and he is "on the same page" with top Bills decision-makers. "I've had one-on-one conversations, phone calls with Doug and Russ. But it's just private conversations and we're all on the same page," he said. "There's no hard feelings. And the thing is, from outside, a lot of people don't understand that. The fans, they feel a certain kind of way because they don't understand the whole depths of everything, which is understandable." Byrd dispelled any perception that he is not willing to return to Buffalo, one season after he sat out all of training camp before signing his franchise tender. "That's the furthest thing from the truth," Byrd said. "Like I said, I was drafted there. They gave me my opportunity, out of all the other teams, and I'm thankful for Russ and [Owner Ralph] Wilson and those guys giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL. This is a privilege and not a right. I'm thankful for that. That's the furthest thing from the truth. They hold a special part to me, starting my career there, and like I said, anything can happen."
Jairus Byrd open to Bills return
ESPN | Mar 4