Jairus Byrd could stay in Buffalo, look at Cleveland
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/21/14) Bills safety Jairus Byrd is a free agent this offseason, and he has two scenarios he could explore for his next team.
The first, according to the Buffalo News, is returning to the Bills, possibly under the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. That's something Bills general manager Doug Whaley is mulling over.
"In that situation, you're going to use every option open," Whaley said. "We don't want to put ourselves in a corner, and I don't want to say to you guys, 'We're going to do this,' and then something changes and we don't something different. Then you guys look at me different when you ask me a question. We as an organization, again, we're going to leave every option open for Jairus because we would like him back."
Byrd's tag for this year would be $8.299 million. Many analysts believe that's too much money for a safety.
The other scenario for Byrd is signing in Cleveland and being reunited with former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is now the Browns head coach. NFL Network reports there be a possible reunion if Byrd is set free.
Russ Brandon: Bills optimistic they can extend Jairus Byrd
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/29/14) Bills president Russ Brandon said the contract stalemate with Bills Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd last offseason does not preclude the team from signing him to a long-term contract this year.
"It's a process and there's no carryover," Brandon told The Associated Press. "You start over again and you try to get something done. We just weren't able to come up with a solution that worked for both parties, so you reset it and start again." Brandon added that there are no hard feelings between the team and Byrd or agent Eugene Parker.
Byrd did not return to the Pro Bowl after hurting his back in the first quarter.
Jim Schwartz planning 'attack scheme' for Bills' defense
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/27/14) New Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is looking forward to working with all of Buffalo's talent up front, led by Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.
"We’re an attack scheme, it’s a scheme built on the guys up front getting after the quarterback," the former Lions coach said Monday. "As much as you want to be multi-dimensional with personnel groups, this league comes down to one on one and I think we have some guys that can do that.
"Whatever anybody wants to tag the system as far as a name, it won’t be us," he added. "We’re just going to try to do whatever we can every week to do the best to have the game plan. I think the similarities you’ll see is it will be as aggressive as it can be and try to be as physical as we can be and it will be an attack style."
Aaron Williams lobbying for Bills to re-sign Jairus Byrd
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/27/14) Bills strong safety Aaron Williams is pushing for the team to re-sign free safety Jairus Byrd, an impending free agent. "A lot of people have been hassling me about calling Jairus,” Williams told WGR SportsRadio 550. “I’m going to be totally honest with you. I would love for my boy to come back. We’re the best safety duo in the league in my opinion. I don’t think any other safeties had the numbers that we did this year.
"Unfortunately, it’s above my pay scale to handle all that. All I can do is trust the guys upstairs in the front office," he added. "I know they want Jairus back. At the same time, the business side of it gets a little ugly. I put my opinion on it and let it go and hopefully it goes in my favor and the team’s favor.”
Williams and Byrd each had four interceptions this season, tying Seattle's safety tandem of Earl Thomas (5) and Kam Chancellor (3) for the league lead.
Bills seeking to keep Jairus Byrd
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (1/22/14) The Bills are planning to make a push to keep free agent free safety Jairus Byrd in the fold, per the team website.
General manager Doug Whaley hopes that Byrd's positive feelings for secondary coach Donnie Henderson and his teammates will motivate him to re-sign with Buffalo.
"Everything we heard is he really enjoyed coach Henderson and he loves his teammates and I think he likes the defensive scheme that [defensive coordinator Mike Pettine] employs so those are all positives and hopefully we can use that in our negotiation."
Byrd finished 2013 with four interceptions and 48 tackles despite missing the first five games to injury.