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31 Jairus Byrd FS
Height/Weight: 5-10/203 | Birthdate: 10/7/1986 | Birthplace: San Diego, CA, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Oregon | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 8/1 | Average Draft Position: 188.75
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Saints restructure contract for safety Jairus Byrd


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The Saints have restructured the contract for safety Jairus Byrd, as they move closer to getting under the 2015 salary cap, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

New Orleans cleared $4.8 million of cap space by converting Byrd's $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus. His cap number also dropped from $10.3 million to $5.5 million with the restructure.

Byrd, 28, signed a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints in 2013, but has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He announced Wednesday that he's officially cleared for the 2015 season, after having surgery last October to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.

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Saints S Jairus Byrd says he's been cleared for season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Saints free safety Jairus Byrd tweeted that he just got officially cleared for the 2015 season. Byrd underwent surgery last October to fix torn meniscus in his knee.

Byrd, 28, has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2012 and 2013 with Buffalo before signing a six-year, $54 million deal with New Orleans.

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Saints S Jairus Byrd close to 100 percent after knee surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Saints safety Jairus Byrd, who underwent surgery in early October to fix torn meniscus, is on schedule in his rehab, coach Sean Payton told The Advocate.

“He’s doing well," Payton told the paper. "He’ll be cleared for minicamp. We’re really looking at about two or three weeks away from him being 100 percent.”

Byrd had 22 tackles and a forced fumble in four games last season.


Mark Ingram, Jairus Byrd among Saints inactives Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Saints defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, wide receiver Nick Toon, wide receiver Joe Morgan, linebacker Ronald Powell, running back Mark Ingram, fullback Erik Lorig and safety Jairus Byrd were all ruled inactive Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay.

Saints' Jairus Byrd undergoes season-ending knee surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) Saints safety Jairus Byrd underwent season-ending knee surgery Friday, according to the Seattle Times.

Byrd was placed on season-ending IR earlier in the day. He injured himself in practice Thursday. Coach Sean Payton said the team doesn't believe Byrd will be limited at the start of next season. "The good news is the repair went well, and it’s something that, with the right rehab and treatment, there should be no carryover effect," Payton said. 


Saints issue final injury report for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Saints have released their final injury report prior to Week 5.

Jairus Byrd and Erik Lorig have been ruled out for the contest. The team also made eight players probable. Terron Armstead, Marcus Ball, Jonathan Goodwin, David Hawthorne, Curtis Lofton, Patrick Robinson, Benjamin Watson and Corey White should all play. 


Saints FS Jairus Byrd placed on season-ending IR


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The Saints have placed free safety Jairus Byrd on injured reserve. He is done for the season with a torn lateral meniscus in his knee. He sustained the injury in Thursday practice.

Byrd played in all four games for his new team and contributed to 22 tackles and two passes defensed. It has been a tough stretch physically for Byrd, who underwent offseason back surgery and did not return until Aug. 19.


Jairus Byrd makes impact in first game with Saints


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Defensive back Jairus Byrd, who is beginning his first year with the Saints after spending the last five with the Bills, made his presence known Week 1 at Atlanta, stripping the ball from wide receiver Julio Jones late in the first quarter. Teammate Corey White recovered the fumble. Byrd also had five tackles, all solo.

Bills DST looking at rough Week 1 matchup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) The Bills have a tall order ahead defensively in Week 1 when they head to Chicago to take on the Bears.

Buffalo is still a good unit overall, one that should be able to record a good number of sacks over the course of the season and perhaps deliver solid turnover statistics with two quality cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin. However, the team also lost Jairus Byrd in the offseason and will be looking to replace him internally. They lost star linebacker Kiko Alonso to a season-ending injury, and they won't have Nigel Bradham in this matchup due to a suspension.

Against a mediocre offense, those concerns may not be enough to shy away from them in Fantasy leagues. However, the Bills have to face a Bears offense that ranked eighth in the league in yardage and second in total points last season. The Bears retain all of their elite playmakers from last year, and while the team's cornerbacks may be able to have success bottling up big-play threat Alshon Jeffery, they likely won't have an answer for Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.

There will be weeks worth starting the Bills defense, but this is not one of them.


Jairus Byrd back at practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Saints safety Jairus Byrd returned to practice Tuesday after missing workouts Sunday and Monday, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Byrd had back surgery this summer and was unavailable for the first part of training camp.

Saints unveil inactives for Week 2 of preseason


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) The Saints will be without the following players for Friday's preseason game against the Titans: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Champ Bailey, Rod Sweeting, Erik Lorig, David Hawthorne, Kyle Knox, Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Ty Nsekhe, Victor Butler, John Jenkins, Kenny Stills, Je'Ron Hamm, Patrick Robinson and Jairus Byrd.

Drew Brees, Jairus Byrd sit out exhibition opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees worked out with newly-acquired safety Jairus Byrd on the field prior to Friday's preseason opener against the Rams in St. Louis. Both players were held out for precautionary reasons, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brees has missed practices as of late because of a strained oblique, while Byrd has been recovering from offseason back surgery.

Jairus Byrd back at Saints practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/29/2014) The Saints welcomed safety Jairus Byrd back at practice Tuesday, his first as a member of the team. Byrd had been on the PUP list recovering from offseason back surgery. 

Saints expect Jairus Byrd back 'sooner than later'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Saints coach Sean Payton expects safety Jairus Byrd (back) to rejoin the team "sooner than later" but still put him on the PUP list to begin training camp.

"Clearly, before we leave here he'll be back on the roster," Payton told the media Friday. 


Jairus Byrd on schedule, should be in camp on-time


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Saints safety Jairus Byrd is expected to be ready for the start of training camp this week, a source tells ESPN. Byrd is rehabbing from offseason back surgery and could be limited at first. There's even a chance the Saints take a cautious approach with him and give him plenty of time to recover before the start of the season.  

After signing a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints this offseason, Byrd missed all of his new team's OTAs and minicamps. The team thought it was best for Byrd's long-term health to get the "minor surgery" done and over with so it wouldn't impact him this season. 


Jairus Byrd recovering from back surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Saints free-agent acquisition Jairus Byrd underwent back surgery last week and is not participating in OTAs, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Coach Sean Payton said he expects Byrd, a ball-hawking safety, to be ready for training camp.


Saints counting on Jairus Byrd to force turnovers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) The Saints signed safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $54 million contract. Now they expect him to force turnovers like he did with the Bills. In five seasons, Byrd had 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles.

"Every season you guys hear us say, 'Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.' So you really begin to value those guys," coach Sean Payton said, per ESPN.com. "The ball finds them. [Byrd] is one of those players that seems to be around the ball a lot."


Saints lock up Jairus Byrd long term


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Though they have little room under the cap, the Saints somehow managed to find room for one of the best free agent defenders available. A few hours after free agency opened Tuesday, the team announced the signing of safety Jairus Byrd, the financial terms of which are not yet known.

Byrd has made the Pro Bowl three times in his five-year career, and is coming off a four-interception, 48-tackle season despite playing just 11 games for the Bills last season. 


Report: Jairus Byrd wants $9 million a year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Free agent safety Jairus Byrd is seeking $9 million annually, reports SI.com's Peter King. The Rams and Dolphins are among the teams that have shown interest in Byrd, who seems destined to leave the Bills after making 22 interceptions in five years.

Rams join Jairus Byrd pursuit


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) The Rams are interested in free agent safety Jairus Byrd and reached out to his reps Saturday, reports NFL Network. St. Louis is believed to be one of several teams pursuing the three-time Pro Bowler, who turned down an offer to stay with the Bills.

The Eagles and Browns have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Byrd.


Aaron Williams signing 'independent' from other negotiations


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Bills CEO Russ Brandon said the $26 million contract extension given to safety Aaron Williams is "completely independent" from the team's negotiations with other players, reports ESPN.com. The suggestion is Buffalo still could re-sign safety Jairus Byrd, but that seems highly improbable given Byrd will command top dollar on the open market.

Jairus Byrd not ruling out return to Buffalo


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) As he approaches unrestricted free agency, Bills safety Jairus Byrd is not ruling out a return to Buffalo. “At this point I’m definitely keeping all my options open,” Byrd told ESPN. “See whatever happens in free agency. The lines of communication are open with them as well. So no door is shut.”

Oregon connection could help Eagles land top safety


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Eagles, who need a safety, got good news when neither the Bills' Jairus Byrd nor the Browns' T.J. Ward got franchised. Both still could re-sign with their current teams. It's more likely they test the market.

Both are 27-year-old Oregon products who were second-team all-pros last season, Philly.com notes. Eagles coach Chip Kelly was Oregon's offensive coordinator during Byrd's last two seasons with the Ducks, and Kelly was head coach for Ward's senior season.

"Oh, I’m familiar with coach [Chip] Kelly and I know they're headed in the right direction," Byrd told ESPN.


Jairus Byrd avoids tag, headed for unrestricted free agency


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Bills general manager Doug Whaley confirmed the team will not put the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd. He'll be an unrestricted free agent next week.

“We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension," Whaley said. "We remain open to getting a deal done with Jairus, but we have chosen not to use the franchise tag on any of our impending unrestricted free agents.”


Jairus Byrd linked to Buccaneers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) With Jairus Byrd expected to leave the Bills in free agency, SI.com guesses the safety will end up in Tampa Bay. The website notes Byrd's father, Gil Byrd, is an assistant coach in the secondary for the Buccaneers.