ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With their quarterback competition now settled, attention in Buffalo has turned to safety Jairus Byrd and his ongoing contract situation.
The Bills designated Byrd as their franchise player in February, but the Pro Bowl safety did not sign his franchise tender until Aug. 20. He did not play in the final two preseason games, and has been battling plantar fasciitis, a foot condition.
On Aug. 21, ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder tweeted that Byrd "may even hope for an eventual trade," and on Thursday, the Buffalo News reported that "the objective of Byrd and his agent is to engineer a trade."
Byrd has been limited in practice this week due to the foot condition, and following Thursday's practice, head coach Doug Marrone offered his take on whether the situation represents a potential distraction for the team:
"From my standpoint as a head coach, he's out here working. He's been working like heck on the field. He knows what we're doing defensively. He's been a great teammate. He's been a great pro," Marrone said. "That's what I evaluate it on. How he's doing for us in the locker room, on the field. I have zero complaints with what he's doing."
Teams have until Oct. 29 to make trades. If a deal is not reached by then, the earliest a trade can be made official is March 11, 2014.