Jairus Byrd has been a star FS for the Buffalo Bills over the past 4 years. Now his contract is up.
The Bills slapped the franchise tag on him, but the two sides have been unable to work out a long term deal. Per ESPN, the two sides remain apart in trying to work something out. If you are the Bills, do you keep him and hope a deal gets done? Buffalo isn’t necessarily going to be a playoff team this year so there is logic to dealing him for a pick. The flip side is that the only way you get to the playoffs is by keeping your best players around.
Howie Roseman is as active and aggressive as any GM in the NFL. You can bet he will talk to the Bills at some point, about any number of things. GMs talk to each other to try and keep a feel for how things are going around the league. Plus, some of these guys become friends as they get to know each other at the Senior Bowl, Combine and NFL meetings.
I’m sure Roseman will dance around the subject of Byrd, out of curiosity if nothing more. If the Bills are willing to deal him, do you go for Byrd?
It would be great to have a star FS, but Byrd isn’t coming cheap. It will likely take at least a 2nd round pick to get him. And then you have to be willing to pay big bucks for him. Is Byrd worth those kind of resources?
Think about it.
Okay, put your pencils down.
My initial thought was no. The Eagles might be a good team this year, but we have to acknowledge that they could end up with pick 35 or something like that. Do you want to deal that? I’m always hesitant to move those picks.
Then I reminded myself not to over-value picks. Byrd is a proven commodity, and at a position the Eagles have struggled to fill since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Byrd isn’t a huge hitter and physical force, but he is a playmaker.
I think I would deal a 2nd rounder for Byrd.
I don’t think Buffalo is likely to trade him. All 32 teams have trouble finding good Safeties. When you do get one, you hold on if at all possible. The other issue here is that some team could deal a 1st round pick for Byrd. Jerry Jones isn’t afraid to gamble and trade 1st round picks. The Broncos could sure use a Safety. And so on.
While this is an unlikely scenario, it is worth discussing and would be a big boost to the Eagles secondary.
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