Found July 16, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
PLAYERS: Jairus Byrd
TEAMS: Buffalo Bills

Now that the Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd were unable to work out a learn term extension prior to yesterday’s deadline for franchised players, he’ll be forced to play out this season under the tag. Byrd is expected to hold out and not report to training camp and they won’t be able to fine him since he’s not under contract. Former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp says Byrd needs to report to camp and prove himself this season before anyone should pay him. “What you want isn’t what we’re talking about here in the NFL life,” said Sapp on the NFL Network, via the Buffalo News. “It’s about what the team deems you worthy of being paid. Sign your tender, go back to work and earn it like your rookie year when you came into the league and you went to the Pro Bowl. That’s what you do. Whenever somebody questions your play on the football field, you go out on the football field and you show it. “I question him because you’ve been there the whole time with Buffalo, and if Buffalo doesn’t see you as an asset as far as their franchise player and the guy they want to put as their safety, [that says something]. If the team that watches you practice and play every day doesn’t deem you the best safety in the game, then you might want to look at yourself.” One of the reasons Byrd won’t report to camp or play in the preseason is he doesn’t want to risk getting injured.  Last season Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes was going into the final year of his contract with the Falcons and suffered an Achilles injury.  If it wasn’t for that injury he would have received a large free agent contract this offseason. Byrd will have to report to the Bills during the regular season.  If he doesn’t, he won’t be eligible for free agency next offseason.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... The post Warren Sapp: Jairus Byrd needs to sign his franchise tag and prove himself appeared first on Pro Football Zone.


Don’t Blame Byrd or the Bills, Blame the Franchise Tag

So the deadline has come and gone, let me double check my sources [logs on to], and nope, the Buffalo Bills and Jairus Byrd failed to reach an agreement. There’s been plenty of blame to go around, including the two principles, Bills contract negotiator Jim Overdorf, and Byrd agent Eugene Parker. That blame’s been misplaced, because for the most part all parties...

Report: Jairus Byrd demanding to be the NFL’s highest paid safety

According to Adam Benigni of NBC Buffalo, Bills safety Jairus Byrd is demanding to be the highest paid safety in the NFL. Source: #Bills Byrd demanding to be highest paid safety in NFL. Told Bills were willing to offer top 4-5 money. #Impasse @wgrz — Adam Benigni (@AdamBenigni) July 15, 2013 Today is the deadline for both Byrd and the Bills to work out an extension and it doesn’t...

Buffalo Bills can’t afford to lose Jairus Byrd

If the Buffalo Bills are sincere in their assertion that they are dedicated to winning a championship, they need to get serious about Jairus Byrd. Bills management faces its first decision that pits finance against competitiveness and they are less than a week away from losing their chance to make things right and avoid distraction. If Jairus Byrd isn’t signed to a long term deal...

Bills, Byrd do not reach agreement

The Buffalo Bills failed to reach a long-term deal with free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, and it's unclear whether he'll sign his one-year franchise tag offer from the team. Byrd was given the ''franchise'' label in March, and the two sides faced a Monday deadline to work out a long-term deal. He is the only remaining NFL player who has not signed his franchise...

To no avail, Bills 'worked very hard' to sign Byrd

The stiff deadline Buffalo Bills fans had been anticipating for quite some time now came and went Monday afternoon.When the Bills slapped safety Jairus Byrd with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, they had until 4 p.m. Monday to sign him to a long-term deal. An extension didn't happen, and now they won't be able to make an official agreement with Byrd until the end...

Bills Jairus Byrd Demands to be the Highest Paid Safety

According to Adam Benigni of NBC Buffalo, Bills safety Jairus Byrd is demanding to be the highest paid safety in the NFL. Today was the deadline for both parties to reach an agreement on an extension, which didn’t look like it would happen and hasn’t. They will now have to wait until the end of the season before they can start to work on a new deal again, but chances of that...

Warren Sapp to Jairus Byrd “Go Back To Work and Earn It”

Bills safety Jairus Byrd is just the most recent franchise tagged player to miss out on a long term deal. Byrd’s complaints over his pay have NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp even more upset.   Please click here to read/watch this story The post Warren Sapp to Jairus Byrd “Go Back To Work and Earn It” appeared first on Players View.

Byrd Watching

I have some quick thoughts on the Jairus Byrd situation, and some of you may not agree with what I have to say. I think the Bills are handling this thing perfectly. They need to stick to a budget with Byrd. Let’s call this for what it is; he’s a very good player on a 6-10 team. Nothing more, nothing less. Look to San Fran and Donte Whitner for a recent lesson on safeties leaving...

Warren Sapp To Bills S Jairus Byrd: “Go To Work And Earn New Contract”

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd wants to be paid like the top safety in the game.  The Buffalo Bills have a number, it’s just not the same number Byrd has in mind. Byrd and the Bills failed to agree to a long term deal on Monday, and it could lead to contract squabble all season. Former Buccaneers great and soon to be Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp has a totally different...

Will Jairus Byrd’s hold out last into regular season?

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News wouldn’t be surprised if Bills safety Jairus Byrd continues his hold out into the regular season. Jairus Byrd prediction: He signs before regular-season opener. But I'd be less surprised if he misses games than he signs before camp ends. — Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) July 17, 2013 Now that Byrd knows he’s not going to get an extension until...

Jairus Byrd May Hold Out Until The Start Of The Season

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News expects to see Bills S Jairus Byrd hold out of the team’s training camp and return before the start of the 2013 season. Graham adds that he would be “less surprised if he misses games than he signs before camp ends.“ The Bills were unable to reach an agreement with Byrd on a long-term contract before the deadline. In fact, the two sides were...

Bills, Jairus Byrd fail to agree on long-term deal

The Buffalo Bills should have been in deep talks with Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd Monday with the deadline fast approaching to sign franchise tagged players to long-term contracts. Instead, the negotiating table was empty. The two sides were far enough apart on a proposed 
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