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Deadline Looms for Buffalo Bills, Jairus Byrd to Finalize Long-Term Deal

July 4th, 2013 at 12:38 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

'2012 Buffalo Bills Training Camp' photo (c) 2012, Doug Kerr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In his rookie season in 2009, Jairus Byrd made an immediate impact on the game for the Buffalo Bills, snatching nine interceptions in 14 games.

Unfortunately for Buffalo, the ball-hawk may not be in their secondary this season.

Byrd has yet to sign his franchise tender, as he has been seeking a long-term deal. The two sides have until July 15 to come to an agreement, otherwise they will need to wait until the end of the regular season to pick negotiations up again.

The Bills placed the franchise tag on Byrd in an effort to keep him from entering free agency, and eventually sign him to a long-term deal. The discussions, however, don't appear to be going very well. Byrd's Twitter feed has hinted toward that notion.

" y'all are dope, i will always have much respect for you," Byrd tweeted Wednesday.

Byrd has 18 interceptions in four NFL seasons with Buffalo, nine of which came in his rookie season. He has missed just two games in that span. It's evident that Buffalo wants to keep the safety in Buffalo, otherwise they wouldn't have tagged him, and would have used the franchise tag on another player, say, Andy Levitre. The question is, how willing the two sides are in compromising? That question, hopefully for Bills fans, will be answered sooner rather than later. 

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