Bills GM Willing To Listen To Offers For Jairus Byrd
Jairus Byrd, who has been battling plantar fasciitis, is set to make his 2013 NFL season debut this weekend when the Buffalo Bills play the Cincinnati Bengals, but he may not be wearing that jersey for much longer. Bills GM Doug Whaley told John Wawrow of the Associated Press that they’re open to trading the two-time Pro Bowl free safety.
“Our focus right now is Jairus getting on the field and playing the best he can for the Buffalo Bills," Whaley said. “We are not actively on the phone hammering out trying to look for a trade. By the same token, (team president) Russ Brandon would listen if someone wanted to trade.
“So if the phone rings, we're going to listen. But that doesn't mean we're out trying to trade.”
This is the first time that anyone from the Bills organization has publicly stated that Byrd is essentially available for the right offer. Both sides have been coy about the situation, and there were rumors that Byrd’s camp was attempting to orchestrate a trade from the team. However, his value is limited with his lingering foot injury and high contract demands.
Byrd was slapped with the franchise tag, and he is clearly unhappy with his contract situation with free agency looming. The two sides were never able to come to terms on a contract extension in the offseason, and it appears that they never will.
"Absolutely, I mean there's always a possibility," Whaley said with regards to trading Byrd. "It's one of those things where you can never say never. Will he be on the team? We hope so. We're not sure, but we're going to do everything that's best for the Buffalo Bills in the future."