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Bills GM Doug Whaley: 'We remain open to getting a deal done' with Jairus Byrd

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Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has released a statement about the club's decision not use its franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd or anyone else:

"We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension. We remain open to getting a deal done with Jairus, but we have chosen not to use the franchise tag on any of our impending unrestricted free agents."

  • Hal Jam

    I hope they don't. Let some other dumb team eat up all their cap space signing this guy. He doesn't want to be a Bill and he's not a real difference maker anyway. Better ways to spend their money.

    • Mr.Barfis

      While I agree, he probably isn't worth the amount he's asking for.... saying he isn't a difference maker is a flat out lie. That's exactly what he is, a difference maker. And his film and stats show that pretty clearly.

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