The Byrd may be the word to some. But, I've got a few choice words for that Byrd.
I for one am sick of his attitude. If he acted like this in any other job, he'd be shown the pink slip. So, we're going to pretty much pay him nearly $7 MILLION just to sit on a bench all season to MAYBE get healed when he played through this same injury last season? It does not seem like a smart decision for HIM to do so because it does negatively affect his stock/worth. Think about it. If you were a GM, would you want a player who has a potentially long-term injury + Eugene Parker as his agent + a high demand [of having top safety money DESPITE injury]?
It doesn't look like he will be good in the long-term based on the particular injury (plantar fasciitis). For those of you who are unfamiliar with plantar fasciitis, it is an inflammation of the fascia in your foot. The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber for when you are walking [and running, jogging, etc.]. When you have plantar fasciitis, you're pretty much in severe pain just walking and since it's usually due to a tearing of the fascia in the foot, it won't exactly heal very well over time. Sure, you can take corticosteroid shots as well as NSAIDS [such as Advil], but those are just temporary fixes. Nonetheless, I feel like since it is a 14-week long job (now it's 14 since week 1 has passed and he won't be in for week 2), I think he should stick to those temporary solutions and play through it [LIKE HE DID LAST SEASON!!].
So, I think the best solution to Byrd is to trade him (I doubt he's first round draft pick worthy due to this injury) and see what we have and if we don't like our safeties then we draft one or get one from next year's free agent pool. I don't like the idea of developing a player and having it turn into this current situation, but at this point he's just caused headaches, financial loss, and skepticism about his stay as a Buffalo Bill. When your own fans legitimately don't know whether you actually want to be here or not, that is a problem. It disheartens me to trade someone we took the time to develop, but at this point I view him as a net negative factor on the team. It all of course depends on the offer(s) we receive and what Byrd/Parker will be demanding after this season and if there are any good free agent safeties. But, in the end, I would not want Byrd on my team for more than what he is getting paid this season and also some injury-based incentives.
Also, I'd consider blacklisting Eugene Parker. I believe I read (on BR) that the Patriots blacklist certain players during the draft due to their agents. I think it would be a good policy to have because no matter how this Byrd-Bills fiasco ends, I don't see it ending well with a good relationship between Eugene Parker and OBD.
Feel free to share any thoughts and comments. I would love to hear any counter-arguments. :)
Also, last but not least, LET'S GO BILLS!!!!