The Buffalo News' Tim Graham reported Thursday night that two league sources told him preliminary talks on a new deal have been "pleasant so far."
Last offseason's contentious contract negotiations led to a disgruntled Byrd holding out after receiving the franchise tag. The sides rarely spoke during the elongated process, and Byrd never received the long-term agreement he desired -- one that would have made him the NFL's highest paid safety.
It's a big positive to hear that talks of a contract extension are going well. Around The League's fourth-rated free agent on our Free Agency 101 list, Byrd's playmaking is key to the success of the Bills' defense.
Last season, Byrd's franchise tender didn't include a no-tag provision in 2014, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported at the time, which was a huge contention in the testy negotiations.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Bills will use the tag on Byrd if they don't get a deal done by Monday. With the tag looking more likely to happen, the next deadline to hammer out a deal would be July 15 -- the deadline for tagged players to sign multiyear extensions.
At least this time around, the sides are talking more amicably.