Bills S Jairus Byrd Attempting To Orchestrate Trade
By Allen Kim
Byrd is clearly unhappy with the Bills after the two sides failed to negotiate a multi-year extension before the offseason deadline. One of the top safeties in the NFL, Byrd is playing out the 2013 NFL season on a one-year deal worth $6.9 million after being slapped with the franchise tag. It’s been rumored that he wants to be one of, if not the highest-paid safety in the league.
“I’m going to leave the private matters of the business side between us,” Byrd said the other week when asked about being traded. “But I don’t really want to comment on other things.”
One of the bigger hurdles in any potential deal is that any team that trades for Byrd would not be able to sign him to an extension until after the season. This severely limits the trade options for the Bills as teams would be less inclined to give up a lot of pieces in order to facilitate a deal.
To make matters worse, Byrd is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his foot. For a player that puts a lot of pressure on his feet and is forced to make quick cuts, this is certainly not an injury to take lightly. This painful injury could linger all season long and force him to miss time without proper rest. And teams would undoubtedly be cautious about trading any significant pieces for him with this injury lurking in the back of their minds.