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Doug Whaley: Bills have had contact with Jairus Byrd

Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd remains a no-show at Buffalo Bills headquarters after failing to agree on a long-term contract extension with the team.

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NFL.com's Albert Breer reported this week that nearly a month had passed since the sides last spoke, as Byrd reportedly seeks to become the highest-paid safety in football.

On Saturday, Bills general manager Doug Whaley told reporters that he's reached out to the fifth-year veteran.

"We're not going to do anything in the public or in the media," Whaley said, via WGR-AM. "Just know that we have been in contact and lines of communication are open."

That's a decidedly vague response from Whaley, who later told reporters: "I know it's a story that you guys are going to have to cover. We respect him as a player and as a human being. Hopefully he comes in, and when he does, we will welcome him with open arms. However, at this time, he is exercising his right, and we respect that."

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While Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady wound up the only franchised player to reach a long-term contract agreement, Byrd became the only tagged player who refused to sign his tender, worth $6.9 million. With the deadline passed and training camp starting Sunday, the Bills aren't likely to cave in to the safety's demands, especially since the sides now can only reach a one-year deal.

Byrd wants top-player money, but Breer reported the Bills only were willing to pay in the area of the fourth or fifth best at his position. This could wage on for a while, but our guess is Byrd will lower his demands and suit up before Week 1.

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