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Jairus Byrd Ends Holdout, Signs Franchise Tender

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Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images.
Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images.

After a lengthy holdout, S Jairus Byrd finally signed his franchise tender with the Buffalo Bills. The one-year tender is worth $6.9 million, and the team and its fans can certainly sleep a little easier knowing that he’ll be anchoring the back end of their defense.

Byrd tried to negotiate a long-term deal with the Bills, but the two sides could never settle on a deal. He’s one of the best at his position, and he wants to get paid top dollar. His production and skillset certainly warrant a hefty payday, but he’ll have to wait until the season is over before they get back to the negotiating table.

It was only a matter of time before Byrd signed the tender and showed up to play. The deadline to sign an extension passed a while back, so staying out of camp and preseason action was likely only a precautionary measure to avoid getting injured in a contract year.

With less than three weeks before the start of the 2013 NFL season, Byrd doesn’t have much time to get up to speed under the team’s new regime and defensive scheme. He’ll certainly need to acclimate himself quickly before they suit up against the New England Patriots in Week 1.

“It’s a new system, and it’s an intricate system,” said Bills GM Doug Whaley. “Safeties do make a lot of calls, so he’s missed that. (He’s missed) a lot of the tempo of practice, so he’s going to have some ground to make up, but he’s a professional. I know he’ll come in here ready to work and try to contribute as soon as possible.”