There is more drama going on in Orchard Park, New York than
my daughter’s 7th grade homeroom.
After flying into camp late, signing his franchise tender at the last
moment and publicly hinting at his displeasure with the Bills for placing the
franchise tag designation on him, Buffalo Bills safety, Jairus Byrd, wants out
David Smith of NBCSports reports that Byrd, who is battling plantar
fasciitis in his foot, is trying to be traded from the Buffalo Bills. If I was a blind man and did not know which
team Byrd was on, I would say he was on the Jets with all this BS flying
The reports are unclear at this time what Byrd is actually
trying to do to be traded. The trade
deadline is October 29 and his new team would have to take on his $6.9 million
dollar salary in addition to negotiating a long-term deal or Byrd will glide
away come spring.
Byrd played through pain last season for the losing Bills
yet the Bills still do not want to walk down the aisle and create that lengthy union. This is the natural result; Byrd has had
enough and wants out.
I have written a few articles about this topic and I keep
going back and forth as to who is to blame for this impending break-up. Byrd, for not taking his coin and shutting
his beak or the Bills for letting a player, who “took the needle” just to leave
his blood and guts out on the field, become so disgruntled he wants out. For me, a player, especially a talented one,
who does what he can within the rules to stay on the field, is a player I want.
O.W. Shaddock, played by the late great John Matuszak, in North Dallas Forty, speaking to the fictitious club's coach/general manager said, “Every time I
call it a game, you call it a business.
Every time I call it a business, you call it a game.”
How appropriate your words are O.W. I think Byrd and Bills’ management
should watch that movie together.
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