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Jairus Byrd reportedly wants Buffalo Bills to trade him

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd will miss the start of the season because of a lingering plantar fasciitis injury. It appears Byrd is bothered by more than his foot.

Coming off a lengthy contract standoff with the team, Byrd is playing under the $6.9 million franchise tender, but Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports the ball-hawking defensive back wants out of town.

Two league sources told the newspaper this week that Byrd and his agent are attempting to swing a trade before the NFL's Oct. 29 trade deadline.

Rapoport noted Aug. 21 that "ill will remains" between Byrd and the Bills. The two-time Pro Bowl player wasn't demanding a trade at the time -- but was believed to be open to one -- a source informed of Byrd's thinking told Rapoport.

A trade won't be easy. Interested parties will be asked to hand draft picks to Buffalo and an expensive new contract to Byrd. You don't see teams standing in line for a high-priced safety who has a foot injury.

Byrd played through the pain of plantar fasciitis last season, according to Rapoport. Back then, the defender held out hope for a new contract that would keep him in Buffalo for years to come. The Bills have shown no interest in making long-term promises, and it comes as little surprise to hear that Byrd wants out.

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