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Buffalo Bills News, 3/2: Jairus Byrd Tagged, Andy Levitre "In Limbo"

The Buffalo Bills placed the franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd yesterday, while Andy Levitre says the team hasn't offered him a contract yet.


Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 3-1

Chris Brown's always excellent Friday Q&A hits topics including Brian Urlacher, adding a free agent wide receiver, re-signing Andy Levitre, obtaining Ryan Mallett, drafting a left tackle and where Mark Anderson fits in the new defense.

Byrd gets franchised; Levitre in limbo - The Buffalo News

"If the Bills offer me a fair deal, I would love to stay there," Levitre said. "I’m very familiar with the place. I love the people there. My girlfriend’s from there. There are a lot of reasons to be there."

Jairus Byrd links

Bills use franchise tag on S Jairus Byrd -
"By using the franchise tag, the Bills essentially have made Byrd a one-year qualifying offer worth $6.916 million. If Byrd were to sign the qualifying offer, that money would be guaranteed. The two sides can also negotiate a long-term contract. The Bills were fortunate in that the franchise tag for a safety is the third-lowest figure among positional franchise tags."

Inside The Bills | Tag of Byrd was non-exclusive
"The club confirmed this afternoon that the franchise tag used was non-exclusive. That means that other NFL clubs can try and sign Byrd to an offer sheet."

Inside The Bills | Byrd tweets, ‘It’s all good!’
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Bills wise to tag safety Jairus Byrd - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Byrd is one Buffalo’s few franchise building blocks. Players like Byrd, tailback C.J. Spiller, receiver Steve Johnson and possibly defensive end Mario Williams (if he plays to his potential) provide Buffalo a foundation of players to build around. The Bills couldn't afford to lose any of those key players."

More links

Eight in the Box: Quarterback situations - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo has two things to address. First, the Bills must decide if Fitzpatrick is worth his $3 million roster bonus and $4.45 million salary in 2013. Second, the Bills need to find the right quarterback in the first two rounds of the draft for their long-term future."

Andy Levitre is waiting: Bills should 'at least throw me an offer' - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Levitre: "Now that Jairus got his franchise tag, there's a week and a half for them to work a deal out with me. But I haven't been offered anything yet. We're waiting around to see if something will pop up."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - WGR NFL Draft Podcast #3: Combine Wrap
"In their third edition of the NFL Draft Podcast, Joe Buscaglia and Brian Koziol go through everything this year had to offer. From the Manti Te'o situation, to who impressed and who didn't, they wrap up the Combine with a pretty little bow."