In light of the Byrd contract I have seen several people either question or comment on the value of the position of Safety in the NFL and why would Buffalo or any team for that matter pay for a safety. I believe that the answer is the evolution of the game. Like many die hard fans I have been watch and even played football for years. I grew up in an era where the running game dominated the league and you not only wanted but you needed a feature back to make your offense go. You paid big money for that running back. On the defensive side of the ball you needed big linemen to plug gaps and linebackers who could fly to to the ball and make tackles. Corners and Safeties were after thoughts on defense unless you had a guy who could come up into the box to help shut down the run. The game has changed. It's wide open now. Quarterbacks basically can't be touched, Wide Receivers are given clear routes where it is a penalty if you touch them. Running games have become the after thought. You want DL who are quick and can put pressure on a QB. You want linebackers who can drop into coverage. The premium that all teams want are the pass rusher who can get to the QB. However there is now something else you not only want but you need. A must is the ball hawk free safety. The guy who plays 15 yards off the line who's main job is to read the QB and make a play on the ball. Byrd is one of, if not the very best at this. Earl Thomas with the Seahawks is another. You will see names like Eric Reid, Calvin Pryor, Ha Ha Dix over the next few years. The big money on Defense will belong to 3 men - pass rusher, shutdown corner, and deep safety.