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NFL free agency 2014: Jairus Byrd drawing plenty of interest

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Thanks to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, we now know the names of four more teams (aside from the Buffalo Bills) that are interested in signing Jairus Byrd to a long-term deal.

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Two more teams have emerged as suitors for the services of Buffalo Bills free agent safety Jairus Byrd, again via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins are in on the bidding.

Rapoport had previously mentioned the St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins as teams interested in Byrd over the weekend (though some are already declaring the Dolphins' reported interest an elaborate smokescreen).

Cleveland's interest is long-expected and not remotely surprising. Byrd took to Mike Pettine's defense very quickly in 2013 after missing training camp and five games due to contract squabbles and plantar fasciitis. Pettine, of course, is now the Browns' head coach.

Washington does not have an obvious tie to Byrd, but as they're the Redskins, it's probably not surprising that they're interested in a guy many consider the top prize in free agency. The Redskins have a new head coach in Jay Gruden, but their defense will be coordinated by Mike Shanahan holdover Jim Haslett.

Meanwhile, as Byrd's list of suitors continues to grow, all indications are that the Bills are still involved in the bidding war for Byrd, as well.