No surprise here but Buffalo Bills fans must've hoped for one. The Bills and Jairus Byrd have not made progress on a new contract and he will not report to St. John Fisher College this weekend for the start of training camp two sources with knowledge of the stalemate have told me. Byrd a two-time Pro Bowl safety technically is not staging a holdout and cannot be fined for missing practices because he's not under contract. He's the last of eight NFL players to have not signed their franchise tag. The Bills and Byrd missed the July 15 deadline for franchised players to sign a multiyear contract extension. He now may sign only a one-year deal. While the Bills would prefer to have Byrd in camp and learning new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's playbook that might not happen before the team breaks camp Aug. 21. Byrd would however begin to miss out on weekly game checks if he's not signed in time to play in the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New England Patriots.
Jairus Byrd won't report for training camp this weekend
Buffalo News | Jul 25