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Buffalo Bills Safety Jairus Byrd Lands on Top Free Agents List

February 21st, 2014 at 12:17 PM
By Mike Matisz

When NFL.com released their list of the top 25 upcoming NFL free agents, they included players that could be franchised as well as those working out long-term deals, including Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd.

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While the list of the top 25 will probably see limited players actually become free agents, it's a fan's dream list of players who could hit the market and make a trip to their favorite team in hopes of a long-term deal.

Buffalo Bills fans were recipients of such an occasion when Mario Williams came to town, and then never left until he was signed to the team.

While Bills fans are holding their breath over the weekend as the Buffalo Bills meet with Byrd and his agent at the combine to talk a new deal, there is still hope that the Bills can have a top safety with Byrd's departure. 

Byrd ranks at number four on the list, below tight end Jimmy Graham, defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Brian Orakpo. 

The fifth slot is where it could get interesting, where Browns safety TJ Ward sits on the list. While it has been rumored that Ward would most likely be franchise tagged, there may be a chance that the Browns will use their tag on center Alex Mack, their Pro Bowl center if they can't reach a long-term agreement before the March 2nd deadline for franchising a player.

While there is still the chance for the Bills to franchise Byrd again, which they may do, the goal is to sign him long-term and be done with negotiations that have gone stale once already. 

For Bills fans, knowing that there are other options could be peace of mind.

Here is the entire list of the top 25 potential free agents in the NFL:

1. Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints tight end
2. Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers defensive end
3. Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins linebacker
4. Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills safety
5. T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns safety
6. Alterraun Verner, Tennessee Titans cornerback
7. Branden Albert, Kansas City Chiefs left tackle
8. Michael Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end
9. Lamarr Houston, Oakland Raiders defensive end
10. Brent Grimes, Miami Dolphins cornerback
11. Eugene Monroe, Baltimore Ravens left tackle
12. Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts cornerback
13. Linval Joseph, New York Giants defensive tackle
14. Jason Hatcher, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle
15. Jared Veldheer, Oakland Raiders left tackle
16. Aqib Talib, New England Patriots cornerback
17. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos cornerback
18. Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns center
19. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos wide receiver
20. Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks defensive end
21. B.J. Raji, Green Bay Packers defensive tackle
22. Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers cornerback
23. Walter Thurmond, Seattle Seahawks cornerback
24. Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers linebacker
25. Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle
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