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Buffalo Bills news, 8/21: Jairus Byrd signs franchise tender

The Buffalo Bills will welcome one of their own back this week as Jairus Byrd returns to work. Nigel Bradham spoke to reporters on Tuesday, as well, to discuss his marijuana ticket.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills Roundup: Byrd Signs Tender, Tue Highlights -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap a busy Tuesday night at St. John Fisher, as Jairus Byrd signed his franchise tender, plus check out the top plays from the final night practice of camp."

Byrd signs one-year franchise tender -
" has learned that Byrd will not report to the team for the final day of training camp. He’s expected to reunite with the club at One Bills Drive on Thursday. Thursday is a scheduled off day for the players."

Byrd will have "ground to make up"- Bills GM -
"A lot of it is just installation and the mental part of it," he said. "It’s a new system, and it’s an intricate system. Safeties do make a lot of calls, so he’s missed that. But he’s a professional. I know he’ll come in here ready to work and try to contribute as soon as possible."

Byrd returns to Bills’ nest - The Buffalo News
"After final roster cuts, teams are allowed to request a two-week roster exemption for players returning from a contract standoff. Players can’t play and do not get paid if they don’t count against the roster. Therefore, had Byrd reported right before the regular season began and the NFL had granted the Bills’ roster exemption, then Byrd would’ve missed paychecks. By signing his deal Tuesday, all of that becomes moot."

Safety Jairus Byrd signs tender, returns to Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"Through their first two preseason games, here's a look at how the Bills divided snaps at the position, without Byrd." Mike Rodak also speculates on who will make the final roster.

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Nigel Bradham Statement -
"Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham addresses the media about his recent legal incident."

Practice Notes - Aug. 20th -
"News and notes from training camp on August 20"

Bradham: "I try not to be a distraction" -
"Obviously, I had a matter that happened to me," Bradham said after the Tuesday morning walk-through. I have to abide by the rules and I know there are some legal issues. I pretty much just have to take them as how they come and see what the league does. I’ll try not to be a distraction to the team."

Day 17: Stephon Gilmore fine after a scare - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski was at practice yesterday and filed this report.

Bills' Gilmore Shut Down At Tuesday's Practice - WGR 550
"Only quarterback EJ Manuel, defensive tackle Jay Ross and outside linebacker Kourtnei Brown were the other members of the roster that missed practice time. Manuel is still recovering from a minor knee procedure and Ross was excused for the birth of his child. Meanwhile Brown was in pads, but only worked along the side with trainers."

Report: Former Bills K Lindell Signs With Tampa Bay - WGR 550
"According to Alex Marvez of, Lindell has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 36-year old from Washington State was released by the Bills on Monday ahead of their morning practice."

Doug Marrone frustrated by Buffalo Bills' penalties - ESPN
"The Bills have been penalized 23 times through two preseason games, the most of any NFL team."

Pair of Buffalo Bills land on ESPN ranking - ESPN
Kyle Williams is the 82nd-best defender in the NFL. That seems a little too low for him.

Spiller ready to move, and move around, in new offense | ProFootballTalk
"Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live, Spiller deflected (with laughter) questions regarding whether he’ll move around in the team’s new offense."