Monday, December 30, 2013
Bills keeping door open for Jairus Byrd
By Mike Rodak
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A farewell message may have hung in Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd's locker Monday morning, but the team's top decision makers weren't quite ready to say goodbye to their three-time Pro Bowler just yet.
As part of the Bills' season-ending news conference Monday afternoon, general manager Doug Whaley said the Bills will offer a contract to Byrd, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
"We're going to leave all options on the table," Whaley said. "We've had a conversation, myself and Russ, sat and talked to Jairus, and we're going to make an offer to the guy and we're going to try to keep him.
"We're going to try to the best of our abilities because we're in the business of collecting good players, and he's a good player."
The Bills have the option of tagging Byrd as their franchise player for a second consecutive season. It would cost the Bills at least $8 million, but it's not something Whaley was ready to rule out Monday.
"That's always an option," he said. "We're not going to back ourselves in a corner and eliminate any possibilty of trying to retain a good player."
Byrd did not speak to reporters Monday before departing the team's facility.