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Jairus Byrd won't return to Bills; Saints sign Pro Bowl safety to 6-year contract


The New Orleans Saints announced tonight they have signed safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year contract.

Byrd went to three Pro Bowls for the Buffalo Bills under three head coaches and three defensive coordinators.

Byrd will be paired with Saints sophomore Kenny Vaccaro, forming one of the NFL's most impressive safety duos.

  • GD

    Hey Byrd....may you crash and burn in New Orleans !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill W we don't have to listen to him whine!

  • Vidiot

    Have fun with that foot N.O..

  • Paul Bruhns

    Glad it's over. He's been a distraction for over a year. I would have thought less of Doug Whaley if he "set the mark" for safeties in free agency by offering an outrageous contract to #31. Byrd is a pretty good safety, but he was a miserable SOB last year and he acted out. I'm just about ready to forget about him for good. Go Bills!

  • Jimbuffalo

    The Jets like that news...say what you want about Byrd, but he owned that team. We were a stronger team with Byrd on the field.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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