Big news out of Buffalo today. There are reports that the Bills will not use the franchise tag on Jairus Byrd, their star Safety. The Bills hope to still get a deal done with him, but I get the feeling that’s not real likely. For whatever reason, it just feels like Byrd wants to play for someone else. Obviously money is a huge issue, but reportedly the Bills have already made him offers that would make Byrd the highest paid Safety in the league. If he has rejected those offers, money may not be the only factor.
— Fantasy Football (@fantasyfb_news) March 2, 2014
BUF WGR 550: Source: Bills made "substantial" offer to Byrd http://t.co/VkZEyzzILi
— FLGM_AFC_news (@FLGM_AFC_news) March 2, 2014
Will the Eagles be interested in Byrd? You bet.
Will the Eagles sign him? That’s tougher to figure.
Byrd is a very good Safety and that is a position where the Eagles need help in a big way, but I don’t think Byrd is a player you hand a blank check. As Howie Roseman says, you must have a walkaway figure. Lots of teams will have interest in Byrd. I don’t think the Eagles will get into a bidding war for his services. I could see them making a big offer, but I doubt this will be a Jon Runyan/Jevon Kearse/Asante Samuel type of thing. Those guys were given record setting mega-deals.
I didn’t expect the Bills to let Byrd hit the market so I have yet to thoroughly study his 2013 tape. I have watched a bit and there is plenty to like, but Byrd isn’t a great player. He does have some issues. I’ll watch several games and then do a full write-up on him. At the very least, Byrd’s presence on the market could help the Eagles. It might create competition for his services and the Eagles could end up landing someone else. We assume Byrd will be their primary target, but it is possible the team will have some other player in mind.
Byrd isn’t the only free agent of interest who might hit the market.
— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) March 1, 2014
I don’t really understand this. Why on Earth would you let Orakpo go? He and Ryan Kerrigan make a terrific set of bookend pass rushers. And Orakpo doesn’t seem to be itching to leave. Here’s some comments from the Washington Post article.
Washington Redskins officials were in final deliberations this weekend over what was described as a difficult decision about whether to devote the financial resources necessary to retain outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.
According to several people familiar with the situation, the Redskins like Orakpo as a player and ideally would prefer to keep him. But there have been differing views within the organization, according to those sources, about the wisdom of either using the franchise player tag or pursing an expensive long-term contract with Orakpo when that money and salary cap space instead could be used to address other needs.
“I think there’s a lot of back and forth on it,” said one person with knowledge of the team’s deliberations. “I don’t think it’s clear cut.”
Will the Eagles have interest in Orakpo if he does hit the market? They could. He is a good 3-4 OLB. He’s not great, but is the kind of talented, high character guy that I could see Chip Kelly liking quite a bit.
We’ll find out on Monday if Orakpo gets tagged or not. That will be interesting to follow.