Buffalo Bills news, 3/4: Jairus Byrd franchise tag reaction

Justin K. Aller

The Buffalo Bills didn't franchise tag Jairus Byrd. Get all the sound, read all the quotes, and try and figure out why.

Doug Whaley on Not Tagging Jairus Byrd - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills general manager Doug Whaley meets with the media about the team's decision to not use the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd."

Free Byrd

Bills will not use franchise tag in 2014 - BuffaloBills.com
"The tag had been an option for the Bills to secure S Jairus Byrd or any of five other unrestricted free agents for the 2014 season, but absent long-term deals, the Bills chose not to make use of the tag."

Whaley not closing door on Byrd yet - BuffaloBills.com
"We were very comfortable with the significant offer we made to those guys," said Whaley. "We’ll leave the lines of communication open and we’re still open to anything they come back with or if they come back and accept the deal. We’ll be open with that as well."

Inside The Bills | How Whaley values safety position
"It’s important. I think depending on scheme, in this scheme talking to coach Schwartz safety is going to be important a lot because of the communication and how he sets the back end of the defense and gets all the checks and balances from the sidelines," said Whaley. "It’s an important part, but would it be the top rated piece I would start the defense? No, but it’s in the mix.  I think you’d have to go defensive end and corner before you go safety."

Bills safety Byrd set to become a free agent next week - Sports - The Buffalo News
"We place a value on a person or player, they have a value they have in their mind, and we just have not been able to meet," said Bills general manager Doug Whaley, referring to finding agreement on a deal with Byrd and his agent, Eugene Parker.

Where will Jairus Byrd land? - BN Blitz
Tim Graham speculates - and doesn't include the Buffalo Bills.

Doug Whaley on Byrd: System not set up to sign everybody - BN Blitz
"I know the fans are going to say why didn’t we get something for him?" Whaley said. "This system is not set up where you can sign everybody. We’ve done a great job signing guys that we’ve had."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Byrd Avoids Franchise Tag From Bills
"According to a league source, the Bills explored all avenues, including the possibilities of trading the Pro Bowl safety, but will now allow him to reach unrestricted free agency if no deal is reached between them by March 11."

Bills Don't Tag S Jairus Byrd - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Damien Woody discusses whether he thinks the Bills should have used the franchise tag on S Jairus Byrd."

What would be next for the Buffalo Bills after Jairus Byrd? - ESPN
"It's not over yet, but we're getting there. The Jairus Byrd era in Buffalo took another step toward ending Monday when the Buffalo Bills decided not to assign the three-time Pro Bowl safety with the franchise tag."

PFT Live: Bills talk with Tim Graham, Franchise tag roundup | ProFootballTalk
Tim Graham talks Jairus Byrd, the Toronto Series, front office rift, and the franchise's fate once Ralph Wilson passes in this PFT Live segment.

Buffalo Bills won’t use franchise tag on Jairus Byrd - Democrat and Chronicle
"Assuming Byrd is through as a Bill, that means the two starting safeties — at least on paper at this stage — are Da’Norris Searcy and Aaron Williams. Both performed well in 2013, and the team could certainly be in a worse situation, but losing Byrd will be a blow to a defense that made strides last year and is looking to leap forward under new coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014."

Six NFLers tagged -- but not Bills' Jairus Byrd | Toronto Sun
"The Bills should have just tagged him again. He's their property until next Tuesday, when the free-agent market opens. Perhaps they believed he'd merely hold out again and they didn't want the distraction. Or maybe the market isn't there for them to tag-him-and-deal-him."

Jairus Byrd not franchise tagged by Buffalo Bills - NFL.com
"The Bills initially believed there would be a trade market if they tagged Byrd and shopped his services, but the team has changed its stance in the past week."

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Can Bills make a case that there's any net gain to the Toronto deal? - BN Blitz
"Backing out of the deal after just one year would be a crummy thing to do to a business partner. Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. absolutely loved the original Toronto deal, which means team treasurer Jeff Littmann favors the deal. Littmann and Mary Owen, Bills executive vice president for strategic planning, negotiated the extension with Rogers. Are they willing to pull the plug?"

Inside The Bills | Bills to tender Hogan, McClain, Summers
"We’ve tendered offers to all our exclusive free agents and tendered those guys to some contracts," said Whaley.

LB Willie Jefferson released - BuffaloBills.com
"Jefferson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans following the 2013 NFL Draft and appeared in six games with Houston before being released on October 21."

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Buffalo Rumblings Live: 2014 free agency preview
Brian and I will discuss the roster holes the Bills might fill via free agency this Wednesday night. They will take your questions and there will be answers. It's not an option, but we're starting at 9:15 anyway. Because we're rebels.

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