Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills still hoping for long-term deal


Last summer's ill will between franchise player Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills is no longer of the lingering variety.

General manager Doug Whaley revealed Monday that he's already discussed the possibility of a new contract with the impending free agent, and an offer will be forthcoming.

"We're going to try to keep him," Whaley said, via WGR-AM. "We're gonna try to the best of abilities because we're in the business of collecting good players and he's a good player."

Byrd's Buffalo future looked bleak prior to the October trade deadline, when both sides were open to a move out of town.

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By the end of November, Byrd made it clear that he was "absolutely open-minded" to re-signing with the Bills.

Whaley has consistently stated a desire to lock up Byrd to a long-term deal. The Bills have an intriguing defensive nucleus, buoyed in large part by Byrd's standing as one of the best safeties in football.

The primary stumbling blocks remain the same as last offseason. Byrd wants to become the highest-paid safety in the NFL while the Bills are hesitant to devote a hefty percentage of the salary cap to that position.

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