The Philadelphia Eagles should have two players at the top of their free agent shopping list come March: safeties Jairus Byrd and/or T.J. Ward. If one (or both) of these guys are available, it’s truly a no-brainer that the Eagles should be bidding for their services.
I’ll call them priority 1 and priority 1a.
This Byrd needs to become a Bird! Photo courtesy of BuffaloBills.com
Priority 1: Safety Jairus Byrd. He’s been one of the best safeties in football for the past three seasons and is slated to be the best available player at a position the Eagles need to upgrade the most.
The Bills franchise-tagged him last year and the two sides could not reach a long term deal. There were rumors about him being a trade candidate prior to the trade deadline this past season.
About two weeks ago, Bills GM Doug Whaley was quoted as saying:
“We’ve had a conversation — myself and Russ (Bills’ CEO) — sat and talked to Jairus, and we’re gonna make an offer to the guy and we’re gonna try