Byrd's Days In Buffalo Appear Over
Bye Bye Byrd?: Jeremy White of WGR is reporting that sources tell him the Bills and Jairus Byrd are about to part ways. The report says the team is unlikely to tag him before tomorrow's 4pm deadline. WGR's Joe Buscaglia tweeted that he was told the Bills made a substantial offer to him and wanted to keep him long term. They reportedly offered him a deal that would have made him one of, if not the top paid safety the first two years of the deal. One report says he would have made $30 Million over the first thee years of the offer from Buffalo. They even looked at trade options but it is difficult for a safety that would be playing on a one year franchise tender. So it appears unless something drastically changes in the next day, Byrd will be on his way out of Buffalo.
Friday February 28, 2014
Byrd Talks Pleasant: Tim Graham reported last night for the Buffalo News that contract talks are pleasant so far between the Bills and Jairus Byrd. Graham said he was told that by two league sources. The Bills have until Monday to place the franchise tag on him or he will become an unrestricted free agent if a long term deal isn't worked out by then. Graham said it is unlikely a deal will be reached by Monday but if talks are going well a tag will buy them time as they will then have until July 15th to come to terms on a long term contract.
Thursday February 27, 2014
Bills In HOF Game: The NFL announced today that the Bills will play the Giants in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday August 3rd. The Bills will be the home team and the game will be on NBC at 8pm. It comes the day after Andre Reed gets inducted into the Hall of Fame. The choice of these two teams makes sense with a lot of fans from both team likely to come to town for the induction ceremony as Michael Strahan is going in as well. For a young team like the Bills playing a fifth preseason game will be helpful, they also will have to start training camp a week earlier. The Bills last played in Canton in 2009.
Monday February 24, 2014
Front Office Turmoil? Tim Graham of the Buffalo News had an interesting report from the NFL combine this weekend. He reported that sources told him that there is a definite divide at One Bills Drive between the new guard and the old guard that are called "lifers". The new guard led by Doug Marrone and Doug Whaley are reportedly frustrated with the same old way of doing things and are meeting resistance to changes. They would reportedly like to replace long time head trainer Bud Carpenter but haven't been able to do so. They also reportedly want more say in free agency and contracts. Jim Overdorf handles all contract negotiations and reports directly to Russ Brandon. If this report is true, Brandon must rectify the problem quickly it seems fair that Whaley and Marrone would have more say it things inside the adiminstration building.
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