"I know that they’re still negotiating," Williams told Alex Marvez (as transcribed by Pro Football Talk). "I don’t want to speak on their situation because I have no say, nor do I know the full story on it, but I know Jairus does want to come back and wants to be a part of something special. Jairus and I have a great friendship. We communicate non-stop."
The Bills announced on Monday that they'd decided not to use the franchise tag on Byrd, a year after doing so to retain his rights for 2013, which GM Doug Whaley has explained as a good-faith negotiation tactic. The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time second team All-Pro will officially become an unrestricted free agent at 4PM ET on Tuesday, March 11.
Williams, meanwhile, signed a four-year, $26 million contract extension (with $14.625 million guaranteed) on Wednesday. The deal, provided the Bills pick up an option bonus prior to the 2015 season, will keep Williams in Buffalo through the 2018 season.
Whatever Byrd's wishes about staying in Buffalo may be, it's still highly difficult to envision him returning unless Buffalo's contract offer bests those of the many other teams that are sure to be interested in Byrd's services.