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Buffalo Bills news, 2/18: franchise tag in play for Bills, Jairus Byrd

Around the league, they're talking about the franchise tag. Get caught up here.

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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.

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"Buffalo's new defensive staff features three coaches who bring a wealth of experience, in an effort to try and get the players to perform at an even higher level."

Pricing the market: Arthur Moats - ESPN

After comparing him to players from a year ago, Mike Rodak thinks Moats will get a one-year deal at or under $1 million. I really hope he does this with every prospective Bills free agent.

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WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Have 2 Weeks To Franchise Tag Byrd
"Tagging Byrd could also present the Bills with the most flexibility. They can continue attempting to negotiate with him through July 15, or if all else fails, they can deal him to another team during that timeframe."

Franchise transition tags: Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"But what about the franchise tag? In all likelihood, there are only two players whom the Bills would consider naming their franchise player: safety Jairus Byrd and kicker Dan Carpenter."

Previewing the Buffalo Bills' free-agent class - ESPN
"But who are the other Bills' free agents? With less than a month until the free-agent signing period opens, here are those players set to hit the open market if they are not re-signed or franchised by the Bills before then:"

Franchise tag primer: Predictions for all 32 NFL teams -
"5. Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills, safety: The Bills would have to pay Byrd $8.299 million if they tagged him for a second consecutive season. There is very little chance of a long-term deal here and there will be a lot more drama between Byrd and the Bills if he's tagged again. (Byrd and his camp won't take it well.) Still, it makes little sense for Buffalo to just let Byrd leave."

Buffalo Bills In A Good Place Heading Into 2014 | The Fantasy Greek
"It’s amazing to think the Bills outscored the Dolphins, 21.2 PPG to 19.8 PPG in 2013, and still finished last in the AFC East at 6-10. The offense has room to improve in the passing game and the defense, which wasn’t bad, has room to improve in the rush defense."

TJ Graham breakdown of Attempts Part 1 - Buffalo Rumblings
TJ Graham Breakdown of Attempts Part 2 - Buffalo Rumblings
Interested in seeing every pass thrown at T.J. Graham this season? Here's a video with accompanying commentary.

Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills set for second round of contract negotiations - Buffalo Rumblings
A five-month contract impasse between the Bills and Jairus Byrd ended with his signing the franchise tender - but he's not happy about it. After missing five games, Byrd is a Pro Bowler for the third time entering another round of negotiations.