Dec 24, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) intercepts a pass from Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (not pictured) and runs it back for a touchdown during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The Buffalo Bills were nervous when the end of training camp came, yet no deal had been struck between the team and free safety Jairus Byrd, who hasn’t signed his franchise tag tender and never reported for camp. But that all changed Tuesday night, as Byrd ended his holdout.
But it may not be the end of it, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that “ill will remains” between the two sides, and that Byrd and is open to a trade.
Byrd is regarded as one of the game’s best young safeties. He has 18 interceptions and over 300 tackles in his first four seasons, and his one-year tender is worth just $6.916 million, so a new deal would be beneficial to both sides.
The Dallas Cowboys signed middle linebacker Sean Lee to a six-year, $42 million extension through 2019. The deal includes $16.1 million guaranteed with a max value of $51 million in incentives.
Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield is out for the rest of preseason after suffering a broken right hand in Monday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but reports are he will be active for Week 1 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t had the fortunes of a good scouting department over the past decade, and now they, along with other NFL teams, are trying different forms of advanced statistical analysis to break down prospects and have a better grasp of who will make an impact in the NFL.
New Jags Head Coach Gus Bradley has several advanced methods of evaluating players, including his way of projecting rookie Dwayne Gratz as an eventual starting cornerback.