Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Whaley says Byrd talks are 'status quo'
By Mike Rodak
With the free-agent signing period set to open Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said talks are "status quo" with safety Jairus Byrd.
"Lines of communication are open," Whaley told WGR 550 on Tuesday afternoon. "We still have until 4 where we're the exclusive negotiating people. But we'll see how that goes. The clock's ticking."
Byrd is seeking a deal worth at least $9 million per season, according to ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter James Walker. The three-time Pro Bowl safety has been linked to talks with the St. Louis Rams and Dolphins, among other teams, during the open negotiating period that began Saturday.
Meanwhile, Whaley said the Bills have been aggressive in trying to retain two of their other free agents: tight end Scott Chandler and kicker Dan Carpenter.
"They have some offers on the table," Whaley said. "We're just waiting to hear back from them."
Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reported Tuesday that Carpenter was flying from South Florida to Buffalo.
Whaley also said the Bills have extended contract offers to defensive lineman Alex Carrington and linebacker Arthur Moats.
"We're waiting to hear back from those guys," he said. "Hopefully we hear back before 4 p.m."