Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Jairus Byrd 'open-minded' about returning
By Mike Rodak
Will the next five games be Jairus Byrd's swan song in Buffalo?
Possibly. The Pro Bowl safety, who sat out all of training camp before signing his franchise tender, will become a free agent again this offseason.
Come next March, the possibility of Byrd leaving through free agency could become a reality, but speaking on the team's official radio show Monday, the fifth-year pro made it clear that he would be open to returning to the Bills.
"I've always said all along that I want to be where I'm wanted and if it's here, then great," he told the John Murphy Show. "I've been here for four years and I want to continue to build on that. Now, I know there is a business side to it. That's more for people upstairs to handle and work out."
The business side overshadowed the football side for Byrd earlier this season, when ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Bills were open to trading Byrd.
Byrd was asked Monday if he was "open-minded" about coming back to Buffalo, despite the summer-long contract dispute and possibility of a trade.
"Of course. Absolutely. Open-minded? Definitely," he told the radio show. "I'm not going to close my mind on anything. I'm open to whatever might come. I'm leaving that to my agent and those guys. I'm out of it."
The bottom line? If the Bills are competitive in trying to retain Byrd this offseason, then it's hard not to envision Byrd being open to a return. But if there is a better financial offer elsewhere, it's tough to see him playing for the Bills next season.