Jairus Byrd thrilled for Rob Ryan's 'exotic' defense

Jairus Byrd signing with the New Orleans Saints easily was one of the best schematic linkups during this offseason. The three-time Pro Bowl safety said a big reason he chose New Orleans -- presumably aside from the six-year, $54 million contract the Saints provided -- was the prospect of working with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. "To have that ability with an offense that...
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Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned

From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic. The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others. And based on reactions from fans and national analysts alike, the biggest head-scratcher of all has been the fact that the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints: Fighting for 2nd place: Old Pro vs Young Gun

http://www.topsportsreport.com/scoresnfl/eagles-tried-trade-dion-jordan/ Deuce Windham New Orleans Saints Writer Mickey Loomis has continued to work wonders with the Saints roster this off season. In addition to bringing in Jairus Byrd in the back end of the secondary, the Saints signed Champ Bailey to a cap friendly deal. Champ will cost the Saints $1.25 million against the cap...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 4: New Orleans Saints may draft safety despite recent moves

In the last week or two, one position has been particularly in the spotlight for the Saints – safety. Firstly, they signed an ex-CFL linebacker Marcus Ball to play at safety. They followed that up with the signing of potential future Hall-of-Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, amid whispers he could be shifting to safety. Finally, they matched Atlanta’s offer sheet to sign safety Rafael...
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Mailbag: which unit will lead the New Orleans Saints, and do they change draft philosophy now?

In this week’s mailbag, we look at which unit will lead the Saints in 2014 and who would be best to grace the stage at WrestleMania. 1.) In light of the recent roster moves, what will be the strength of the Saints defense next year? While the Saints’ defensive line, by far the top defensive group for the team in 2013, hasn’t lost a beat so far in the offseason, the Saints’...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Champ Bailey is trying to be a part of something special in New Orleans

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; New Saints defensive back Champ Bailey is happy to have a chance to win a Super Bowl with a young team like New Orleans. “I have a little more to my game, I believe, especially mentally,” Bailey said, via NewOrleansSaints.com. “I can see things a lot easier, a lot of things come up...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Champ Bailey: Saints are very close to a championship

New Orleans Saints new cornerback Champ Bailey likes his chances of winning his first Super Bowl ring. “(The Saints) are very close (to a championship),” Bailey said to the team’s website. “You look at, Coach Payton took a year off, came back and they got in the playoffs, and won a game. They’re very close. I think any time you have a guy like Drew Brees calling the shots...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking Saints Current 2014 "Need" Positions

With the additions of Jairus Byrd and Erik Lorig as well as the re-signing of some key players, the team needs are starting to shift. Not that their respective positions are necessarily set, but you have to feel better about where they stand. Below is the current "needs" the team has in order of importance, and the Saints will be well served to address them prior to the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: New Orleans Saints’ draft needs and weaknesses

In this week’s mailbag, we look at the Saints weaknesses and let you know who you should be picking in the NCAA Tournament 1.) After a week of free agency, how have the Saints’ draft needs changed? Through the first week of free agency, the Saints should be able to knock a few of their “first round needs” off of the board. Bringing in Jairus Byrd strengthens up the back...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: Welcome Jairus Byrd to WhoDat Nation

Arguably the biggest surprise so far in NFL free agency was the landing of Jairus Byrd in New Orleans. Byrd spent the majority of the days after his signing retweeting fans welcoming him to WhoDat Nation: “@_JIMM__: @jairusbyrd welcome to the family man! #WhoDatNation” — jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) March 12, 2014 “@The_EZ_Life_: @jairusbyrd one of my favorite players in the...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints sign S Jairus Byrd

This contract makes Jairus Byrd the highest paid safety in the NFL, paying him 54 million over 6 years with 28 million guaranteed, but he deserves to be. Byrd has been the league 5 years, since being drafted in the 2nd round in 2009, and he’s been an above average starter on Pro Football Focus in each season. He’s been especially dominant over the past 3 seasons, grading out...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Byrd is the word for the New Orleans Saints

The Saints made what could be the surprise move of the offseason this week, here’s a look back at a wild week one of free agency: New Orelans Saints - The Saints signed free agent safety Jairus Byrd, now Neer Shah tells you how he’ll stack up in their secondary. (READ) - Darren Sproles is finally on his way out of New Orleans. (READ) - Will Osgood tells us why the Saints...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Intel on Jairus Byrd from Buffalo Bills columnist @ChrisTrapasso

We're all excited about the addition of Jairus Byrd and there's reason to be. The guy has been a consensus star according to all major media outlets. Most notable is that he was listed as the #1 free agent of the entire class by NFL.com. But I have a terrific Buffalo Bills resource in Chris Trapasso so you can bet your life I was going to get some recon on the Saints'...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd’s contract details released

The details of new Saints safety Jairus Byrd’s $56 million contract have been released. As expected, it is a very back loaded deal. Byrd’s contract will only be a $3.5 million cap hit to the organization in the upcoming 2014 season, according to Spotrac. That is broken down into a $1.3 million base salary and a $2.2 million signing bonus. In 2015, however, his tranquil little...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet your newest Saint: Jairus Byrd

I’m already sports drooling over the future tandem of Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd for the Saints. We have already seen what Vaccaro can do, and that was in his rookie year, and Byrd has the play-making abilities that this secondary was in desperate need of. For those who are unfamiliar, Byrd is a 27-year old free safety who spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Jairus Byrd signs with the Saints

New Orleans Saints: Jairus Byrd signs with the SaintsThe New Orleans Saints are in salary cap hell. They are still financially hurting from Drew Brees’ contract and Jimmy Graham’s impending contract. Don’t expect any huge moves as they have no wiggle room with their dollars. Yeah, so much for that. The Saints made the biggest free agent splash signing former Buffalo Bills,...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How can the Saints afford Jairus Byrd and Jimmy Graham?

The Saints surprised pretty much everyone that has at minimum a passing interest in NFL free agency by grabbing who was largely viewed as the top player on the market in Jairus Byrd. The deal didn't come cheap, however, as the Saints spent handsomely in order to land him. Indeed it took every bit of 6 years for $54 million, or Byrd's pie in the sky asking price of $9 million...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd is the word for the New Orleans Saints

The fourth-ranked defense in the NFL last year got better in a big way last night, with the signing of free safety Jairus Byrd. The ex-Bill cost the Saints $54 million spread over six years, with $28 million guaranteed, making him the most expensive free agent to hit NOLA since Drew Brees. He immediately upgrades the free safety position, which was manned by Malcolm Jenkins – now...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints Win Jairus Byrd Sweepstakes

The New Orleans Saints brought in Jairus Byrd in what was the biggest signing of the day (via unhonest) Jairus Byrd, the best player in free agency, agreed to terms on a six-year, $54 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Of that $54 million, $28 million is guaranteed. Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowler, will join Kenny Vaccaro, who excelled last season as a rookie with 79 tackles...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd signs 6 year deal with a team that has almost no cap space

That’s right Bills fans, your prized free safety left Buffalo to sign with the New Orleans Saints who gave him a 6 year deal worth $54 million with $28 million guaranteed. Its the kind of deal he was dreaming of when the Bills gave him the franchise tag and he so graciously held out the entire portion of training camp because, well you know, he’s a team player. But don’t get...
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March 11, 2014  |  1 Comment

Jairus Byrd Lands 6-Year, $54 Million Deal with Saints; Makes Him Highest Paid Safety in NFL History

The Saints have been dealing with serious salary cap issues, but it hasn’t stopped them from pursuing one of the best available free agents on the market. And they got their man, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Saints are giving former Bills S Jairus Byrd a six-year, $54 million contract, including $28 million guaranteed, per […]
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd signs with New Orleans Saints

Jairus Byrd was one of the top players heading into free agency and it didn’t take long for perhaps the game’s best safety to find a new home. The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement with Byrd on a six-year contract worth $54 million, with $28 million guaranteed. It’s the type of money that Byrd had been seeking from the Buffalo Bills in the past two off-seasons...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd to Saints for $54M

The New Orleans Saints reached agreement with former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd on a six-year, $54 million deal that includes $28 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Saints announced the six-year deal Tuesday night, but not confirm the terms. "We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd,"...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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