I have purposely stayed out of most of the Byrd talk this offseason because most of it has seemed off point in my opinion. Most of the talk has been on and around money, and while that is a key part of the discussion, I don't think it is the highest priority for Byrd when it comes to his next long term contract. IMO Byrd will be more disappointed if he finishes his career without going deep into the playoffs, and having an opportunity to play in a super bowl, than if he were to make 1-2 million less money a year over a four year contract. The bottom line is Byrd is watching to see if the Bills can win this year(have they turned the corner) before he signs a long term contract with them. If he decides they have not turned the corner he will fly away next year.
Byrd is smart, he knows what he is up against. He knows that most teams on the verge of being contenders or that already are contenders are not sitting back saying to themselves if we could just get a better safety for 8-9M we could be dominant. No, most teams at the top don't even have that much cap room, and the ones that do are looking at several other positions over safety.
Byrd is a real talent and there will be teams that will give him offers above what he will make this year, but will those teams offer him a better chance at winning then the Bills?
So if I am right and Byrd is watching to see if the Bills can win some games this year to decide if he will sign here long term. How many games will we need to win?
In the end only Byrd can decide and only the Bills can win those games. Our job is to simply Rumble about it to no end.
Go Bills, please win enough games to keep the Byrdman in Buffalo!!