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Thursday, September 5, 2013
Jairus Byrd questions trade report

By Mike Rodak
ESPN.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd on Wednesday questioned a report that he is seeking a trade.

"From what I understand, someone is saying 'sources.' I would like to know what sources they're talking about before you can say sources," Byrd said.

The Buffalo News reported Wednesday, citing "an executive on another NFL club and another agent who is not employed by Byrd," that the objective of "Byrd and his agent is to engineer a trade from the Buffalo Bills by the NFL trade deadline."

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.

Asked about his standing with Bills management, Byrd declined comment.

"As far as the organization, I can't speak on that. That's for another day, another time. That's why I have an agent," he said. "I'm trying to get ready to play football."

Byrd failed to reach a long-term contract with the Bills by the July 15 deadline for franchised players. The Bills have until Oct. 29 to trade Byrd.

Buffalo has a first-year general manager in Doug Whaley, who took over shortly before assigning Byrd with the franchise tag.

"[It's] a working relationship, I guess," Byrd said of Whaley. "I don't want to get into all that. I'm an employee of the Buffalo Bills. He's the general manager. There you have it. We're here to win games."

Byrd said he is day to day with plantar fasciitis in both feet. He has been limited in practice this week.

Earlier Thursday, coach Doug Marrone was complimentary of Byrd's contributions since returning to the team last month.

"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."