Buffalo Bills news, 3/5: Jairus Byrd situation drags on

Jim Rogash

The parting of Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills has been an agonizingly slow process. It continued on Tuesday with Byrd at ESPN headquarters.

Reilly: Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly patiently endures cancer, loss - ESPN

"Jim Kelly is sport's Job. If it's raining anywhere, it's raining on Jim Kelly. He's as unlucky as a one-legged dog." This is a sad and inspiring story. Please take the time to read it.

Offseason blueprint: Buffalo Bills - ESPN

"The Bills' defense -- the unit whose improvement helped Mike Pettine earn his first head coaching job in January -- ranked in the top 10 in each of PFF's three categories: run defense, pass rush, and coverage. The offense and special teams were a much different story."

Byrd is the wyrd

Inside The Bills | Byrd wants to see what’s out there
"I just want the situation where I can be a piece to the puzzle and get a team going and help them win some games and be in a good position to further my career and leave a legacy. You only have a certain amount of time in this game and I just want to try to put my stamp on it while I can."

Inside The Bills | Byrd says Bills still in play
"At this point I’m definitely keeping all my options open," said Byrd. "See whatever happens in free agency. The lines of communication are open with them as well. So no door is shut."

Jairus Byrd won't rule out Bills return but laments 'not being able to see it through' - BN Blitz
Byrd: "You could say this is what I've been waiting for, but in an ideal situation, you want to finish up something that you start. Unfortunately that wasn't able to happen, so now we're here. Just looking for the next step."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills GM Doug Whaley On WGR This Morning
"Bills GM Doug Whaley joined Jeremy White and Matthew Coller this morning on WGR550. While stating that the franchise tag deciision starts and ends with him, he also added that he has the full support of the coaching staff. Whaley also left the door open for possible contract negotiations, saying "Both sides are working diligent to get this thing done" Hear the entire interview here:"

Jairus Byrd open to return to Buffalo Bills, has no 'hard feelings' - ESPN
Byrd: "I've had one-on-one conversations, phone calls with Doug and Russ. ... And the thing is, from outside, a lot of people don't understand that. The fans, they feel a certain kind of way because they don't understand the whole depths of everything, which is understandable."

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Bills expected to drop Toronto game for this year, play all 8 at The Ralph - BN Blitz
"The Buffalo Bills are expected to announce they will not play a game in Toronto this season and have all eight of their 2014 home regular-season games in Orchard Park." I expect many GIFs of rejoice in the comments section of that article.

Buffalo Bills waive linebacker Willie Jefferson - ESPN
"Regardless, it's not a deal that would constrain the Bills with their salary cap if they wanted to release Lawson. He's known as a savvy veteran but one whose best fit could be elsewhere."

Report: Jameel McClain to visit Bills | ProFootballTalk
"McClain suffered a spinal cord contusion in 2012 but returned to play in 10 games for Baltimore last season. He racked up 52 tackles with a forced fumble."

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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 tomorrow (Thursday) night. We 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. ***This hangout has been postponed to Thursday due to the Toronto Series postponement.**

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