With preseason underway and a lot of other great topics to talk about, one thing that I would like to circle back to is the status of Byrd and what you think should/will unfold? Is he really going to sit out all preseason? Do you think his lack of practice/preseason will hinder his performance when he does finally step onto the field?
Maybe someone can clarify what the logic and strategy is here for Byrd and his agent. I understand that he's not happy with the franchise tag and I understand that ultimately, Byrd and his agent are "protesting" by skipping camp and preseason. Unless I'm missing another reason?
However, my question is; how is skipping all of this in his best interest for this season as well as his future? Wouldn't it be advantageous for him to sign his tag, report, get in game shape, learn the new system, etc. and show that he's worth the money and investment?
The way its looking now, when he does sign and report, I wouldn't be surprised if Marrone sits him until he knows that Byrd is ready to go. How does that help Byrd in the long run? Whether he's "auditioning" for the Bills or another organization? I know he is a pro-bowl veteran but what if he need's more time to learn the new system and that eats into his starting time in the regular season? Other than a potential injury in practice/preseason that he might want to avoid, I don't see how him sitting helps anyone. To me, it doesn't help him, his agent, his rapport with the organization or the fans.
Maybe someone can explain the logic better, hence the point of this post. Thanks!