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Buffalo Bills news, 3/12: Jairus Byrd signs with New Orleans Saints

The Buffalo Bills lost a marquee free agent yesterday. Get all the reaction.

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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.

Inside The Bills | Byrd’s new contract figures
The overall details for Byrd's contract.

Saints sign Jairus Byrd on day one of free agency -
"I first want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization and the great fans of Buffalo for their support during my time there. I think there are great things to come here in New Orleans and I’m excited to join this team," Byrd told "We played against the Saints this year and I saw their style of play and was impressed by it. I think I will fit well in the scheme. This is a great opportunity to join a championship organization. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and being part of a great Saints defense."

Inside The Bills | Bills react to Jairus Byrd signing
Bills players reacted on Twitter.

Byrd flies to Saints, gets big deal - Sports - The Buffalo News
"He signed a six-year deal worth $54 million, with nearly $28 million in guarantees, including an $11 million signing bonus."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Jairus Byrd Signs With New Orleans, Gets $28M Guaranteed
"The Bills will move on with Williams as their top safety, and one of Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams or Jonathan Meeks as the other starter. That is, of course, unless Buffalo addresses the position through the rest of free agency or in the 2014 NFL Draft."

Saints Sign Jairus Byrd - ESPN Video - ESPN
" Saints reporter Michael Triplett breaks down the Saints signing safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $54 million deal."

Jairus Byrd Injury Concerns - Canal Street Chronicles
"The shiny new Saints free agent signing does not come without a few questions marks. One NFL executive said Jairus Byrd should not be given a 'ton of money' because of health concerns."

NFL Free Agency 2014: Jairus Byrd Deal with Saints Worth $54 Million - Canal Street Chronicles
"Details of Jairus Byrd's new contract with the Saints have emerged. No wonder he was so quick to sign!"

NFL Free Agency 2014: Saints Sign Jairus Byrd to 6-year Deal - Canal Street Chronicles
"Loomis is at it again! On the first day of free agency, the Saints sign their first big-name free agent!" Here is the Saints SB Nation blog StoryStream.

Byrd bags giant deal from Saints | ProFootballTalk
"The structure also will say much about the expected duration of the deal.  High salaries and cap numbers in future years make it less likely that all six years of the deal will be completed."

New Orleans Saints agree to terms with safety Jairus Byrd as Malcolm Jenkins soars off to Philadelphia |
"However, his cap hit will only be around $4 million in his first year, according to the NFL Network, who reported the Saints will spread out an $11 million signing bonus over five years, giving Byrd a initial low base salary."

Jairus Byrd, Pro Bowl free safety, agrees to contract terms with New Orleans Saints -
"Saints GM Mickey Loomis announces team has signed game-changing free agent"


Last night on Twitter, I asked for the best/worst Jairus Byrd headline puns. Feel free to leave your own in the comments section below.