Jeremy White of Buffalo's WGR 550 reports the Bills are unlikely to sign soon-to-be free agent safety Jairus Byrd. Buffalo has until 4:00 pm Monday to place the franchise tag on Byrd and, while that seemed to be a certainty earlier in the week, it does not appear the Bills will tag Byrd. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Byrd turned down a deal from the Bills that would've made him the highest-paid safety in the NFL.
This is particularly interesting. The Bills were willing to make him the highest-paid safety in the NFL and that still wasn't enough to keep Byrd in Buffalo. He is looking for a big pay day but this leads me to believe he is also looking for a contending team as well.
The Eagles are in dire need for a safety and might be willing to spend a bit on Byrd but only if it makes total sense financially. The 27-year-old would command a hefty salary and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said earlier this offseason that he would open up for a young player who played an important position of need for the Eagles.
On the field, the 5'10", 203 lbs. safety is a ballhawk who is an excellent tackler in the open field and shows the ability to wrap up and missed just four tackles all last season. Byrd has put up three or more interceptions in four of his five NFL seasons with four interceptions last season.
This is a situation to monitor closely.
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