Friday, July 5, 2013
Source: No progress in Bills, Byrd dispute
By James Walker
There has been no recent progress in the contract dispute between the Buffalo Bills and Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, ESPN.com's AFC East blog has learned. According to a league source, all has been quiet on both sides with the deadline to negotiate an extension fast approaching.
Buffalo placed a one-year franchise tag on Byrd in March. But Byrd is seeking long-term security. In response, Byrd has held himself out of organized team activities, minicamp and hasn't signed his franchise tender.
Both sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term extension or Byrd must play with the franchise tag, which is valued at $6.9 million. Both sides still have a long way to go as of Friday evening.
Of course, talks can and probably will pick up between Byrd and the Bills over the next 10 days. Buffalo has the cap room to work out a long-term contract and Byrd is one of the team's core defensive players.
Byrd recorded 76 tackles and a team-high five interceptions for the Bills in 2012. The performance placed Byrd in the Pro Bowl for the second time in four seasons.