As a throwaway line in yet another report about the unrest between the Buffalo Bills and Jairus Byrd that published Sunday morning, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com dropped in a nugget of far more interesting (and expected) news: that the Bills have made multiple contract offers to pending free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington.
Those offers, per La Canfora, came prior to a season-ending quad tear that Carrington suffered in a Week 3 loss to the New York Jets. The fourth-year defensive end has since been placed on Injured Reserve, bringing an end to his contract year. He is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency next March, and clearly, the Bills would like to keep the 2010 third-round pick around for the foreseeable future.
Complicating those efforts, however, is the fact that Carrington is represented by the same agent as Byrd: one Eugene Parker. La Canfora's report, which again is really all about Byrd, suggests that the Bills may want to resolve the situation with their franchise safety - perhaps via trade - in order to pave the way for a deal between the Bills and Carrington to go down.
The NFL's trade deadline is four weeks from today, on October 29. It remains unlikely that the Bills would be able to move Byrd even if they try, given his status on the franchise tag. What remains to be seen is how Byrd's presence will affect the Bills' negotiations with Carrington, if at all, if the former is still on the roster come Halloween.