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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: 6 | Owned/Started%: 38/27 | Average Draft Position: 160.04
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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.

Bills make 'substantial' offer to Jairus Byrd, to no avail


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) The Bills made a "substantial" offer to safety Jairus Byrd but he appears destined to leave via free agency, reports WGR550.com. The Bills are unlikely to sign Byrd or use the franchise tag on him, the report said.

Jairus Byrd could stay in Buffalo, look at Cleveland


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) 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.


Big meeting set for Bills, Jairus Byrd


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) The Bills and safety Jairus Byrd's reps will meet this week in Indianapolis, and if the sides can't make progress on a long-term deal "expect the Bills to tag Byrd with the likely mindset of trying to move him," reports WGR 550 A.M. "They just can't let him go for nothing."

An impending free agent, Byrd has forced 36 turnovers in his five-year career.


Jairus Byrd linked to Falcons


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Bills free safety Jairus Byrd tops the Falcons' list of possible free-agent targets, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Byrd has 22 interceptions in his five-year career and is arguably the top safety entering free agency.

If the Falcons land him, they'd likely cut free safety Thomas DeCoud and his $4.2 million salary, the report said.


Russ Brandon: Bills optimistic they can extend Jairus Byrd


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) 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.


Aaron Williams lobbying for Bills to re-sign Jairus Byrd


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2014) 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.


Jairus Byrd after back injury: 'I'm O.K.'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Bills free safety Jairus Byrd, who left early in the Pro Bowl with a back injury, tweeted: "I'm ok. Thanks everyone." Byrd is about to enter free agency.

Jairus Byrd questionable to return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Bills safety Jairus Byrd suffered an undisclosed injury early in the Pro Bowl. He's officially listed as questionable to return.

An impending free agent, Byrd has 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles in his five-year career.


Bills seeking to keep Jairus Byrd


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) 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.