Byrd watch is officially over for the Buffalo Bills this offseason. With Jairus Byrd signing his franchise tender Tuesday evening, the Bills secondary has embraced the expected return of their Pro Bowl caliber safety.
Fans thought the honeymoon phase could commence, however recent reports indicate that bitterness is present. Ed Werder of ESPN reported Wednesday afternoon that Byrd may be seeking a trade and that is why he signed the tender.
Although it’s challenging not to speculate, Byrd currently remains on the Bills roster. It is possible that Byrd signed so he could return to Orchard Park in time to prepare for the start of the season. Byrd has yet to officially return with the team so it remains unlikely that the coaching staff will even play him against the Redskins on Saturday.
If the ill will continues to fester Byrd’s relationship with Buffalo, the front office could look to arrange a trade. Byrd does possess high trade value and the return for the Bills would remain high.
Extreme optimism points to the sequence that Byrd will remain in Buffalo this season and the Bills resign him to a multi-year deal.
Regardless of the outcome, fans need to view Byrd signing his one-year tender as progress. No one has a crystal ball and can determine whether or not how long Byrd’s tenure with the Bills will be, but as of now he is a Buffalo Bill.
Unless the scenario of trading Byrd becomes a reality, fans should fully expect number 31 to contribute to the defense this season and be the leader that he is.