The Buffalo Bills have announced that their stalemate with Jairus Byrd over a new contract is over, for the time being, as he has signed his one-year franchise tender.
Byrd had been very vocal about his desire to reach a long-term deal, but once the deadline for that deal to be signed passed, the best he could get was the one-year franchise tender he eventually signed.
Further details on Byrd's signing have yet to be disclosed, and statements from Byrd or the team are not yet available. However, Doug Whaley told Buffalobills.com's Chris Brown before he signed, that he would have some catching up to do if he signed this season. It will be interesting to see how quickly Byrd can adapt to the new scheme Mike Pettine has for Buffalo's defense, and the impact he could make.
Of course, there's no question having the ball-hawk in Buffalo's secondary is an advantage for the team. The Bills' new pressure-packed defense should cause plenty inaccurate throws by quarterbacks, and there are few in the league better than Byrd in taking advantage of those misfires.
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