Buzz: Bills S Jairus Byrd to hit the open market?

Buffalo radio station WGR 550 has some breaking news on the player most feel is the top unrestricted free agent safety this year:

According to a source, the Bills and Jairus Byrd may be parting ways soon. Byrd is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the team has until Monday at 4 pm to place the franchise tag on their star safety. I’m told that it’s unlikely they’ll use the tag and that it’s unlikely they’ll reach an agreement before that time.

The 27-year old Byrd is regarded as one of the top deep safeties in the league, but the expectation had been that he’d be franchised. He intercepted four passes last season with the Bills, who drafted him in the second round in 2009.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Byrd is definitely one of the better center fielders in the league and the Jets certainly have the cap space to bid for him, but how much of an upgrade would that provide? They received competent-to-good play from their free safeties last year at a fraction of the price, so the question becomes whether the additional investment in a player like Byrd is worth the impact he would have on their defense, or would spending the money elsewhere give you more “bang for your buck”?

Regular readers will recall that I was strongly against bringing back LaRon Landry at $6m+ because I felt they could spend a fraction of that amount without downgrading their defense too significantly (and I’d suggest that’s the way things played out). While I do prefer Byrd to Landry (for many reasons, including his coverage skills and Landry’s recklessness), both have had health issues in the past, which should also be a consideration.

The Jets do have Dawan Landry under contract for $1.5m next year and their young crop of safeties (Antonio Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Josh Bush and Rontez Miles) have all displayed varying degrees of promise and are all also still under contract. In addition, Ed Reed – whose late season performances once he settled into his role had a positive effect upon rookie cornerback Dee Milliner – is a free agent who has expressed a desire to return, again presumably at a low cost.

On the basis of the top safety contracts, Byrd could be seeking somewhere close to $10m per year. A quick review of that list does appear to show that hardly any of the teams spending significant money on the safety position are among the league’s elite.

I know many people, including Bassett, see the safety position as a major need, but my preference would to be to allocate resources to upgrading at cornerback, receiver, tight end and offensive line and just bring back Reed.

Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments!




175 comments
jet4lif
jet4lif

SEA just proved why you need to get young at DEF constantly. Especially at the skill positions. That means no FA's should be signed at all. I'd rather draft the CB or S with the first pick since these guys seem to evaluate Defensive players pretty well.

mustang66
mustang66

I ahink it's important the Jets move up in the draft to make sureat the very least they come away with Marquis Lee. Aside from Watkins, he is the closest thing to a sure thing. they cannot afford to come out of the first round without an impact receiver. I think they can move up 2 11 or 12 by giving up one of the third round picks.at 18 they risk coming out way with a project. As far as free agency goes they need to come away with either a wide receiver or a tight end, a corner, outside linebAcker and a solid backup quarterback who can push Geno.

I would even consider giving up the two first-round is it would take to get Jimmy Graham. If they wanted to get tricky, they could trade down with the Seahawks at number 32 throw in a couple of mid-level pics and come away with one of the corners that the Seahawks would eventually have to pay and cannot afford to. Idzik would have to structure a contract for graham that Seattle has no chance of matching. I would be willing to give up 2 1st rounders a 3rd and 4th to come away with the top tight end in the league and one of the top corners

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

This defense hasn't had a ball hawking safety since Kerry Rhodes. Adding Byrd and talib/sheilds/Davis/verner, and restructuring CRo would give us the back end of the defense that was severely lacking. I would sign Byrd in a heartbeat, followed by talib. 12 mil plus another 8 would leave us with atleast 28 mil to sign a fa G, QB, and golden Tate for wr depth and pr/kr duties. The point is we need to shore up our backend of the defense. Byrd and cb would allow us to do so and we wouldn't need ed reed. I'd rather sign CRo back at a minimal amount then bring back old man ed. We still would have plenty of cap space/draft picks to plug holes on offense and still feild a competitive defense. If our secondary stands the way it was last yr we are not going to be able to stop offenses and our offense won't keep pace. Defense wins championships, not offense. Fix the d first. Its a cb,s, and pass rusher away from being elite IMO. We have the rbs, a #1 wr te and o line and we are set. No matter what, this is already exciting and the fact that we could afford these guys makes it all the more exciting!!

Brian Devroe
Brian Devroe

Do you think Golden Tate will receive a similar contract like Riley Cooper just signed?


hazard2012
hazard2012

The Jets need to upgrade their secondary: the weak-link of an otherwise formidable D.   The need is definitely greater @ CB than S, but signing at least one top FA at each position will help the D get off the field on third down and give the Sons of Anarchy  another second or two to wreak havoc with opposing QB's.   

I wouldn't pay anyone upwards of $10M per ...that's why Revis doesn't live here, anymore... but getting a Byrd, Ward, or Whitner at S and a Davis, Verner, Shields or Talib at CB for anything in the $5-8M per range each would be money well spent.   That would still leave Idzik plenty of cap room to throw at the O and other needs, which are also a priority in the draft. 

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

I agree with you Bent; don't spend that kind of money on Byrd. If Rex is really a genius, he should be able to develop our talented kids. I'm a big fan of Allen who is out only S in a long time able to cover TE's and was robbed of important playing time because of Rex's love affair with the aging / aged Reed. I say use our finite resources on O and give MM a shot to make it competitive even with our less than competent / lower than NFL standard QB situation.

Omari Brown
Omari Brown

James Jones, John Asamoah, Shieldsor Thurmond, and Pettigrew. Im a HUGE Orakpo fan but hes going to command 10-12 million per I believe. Byrd is a great player I just dont think a safety is worth the type of money someone is going to give Byrd, but thats just my opinion.

Zartan
Zartan

Wrong , build a team that can score then build a team that can stop orher teams from scoring more.

We seen last season, what happens to a good D with no offense.

Bent
Bent moderator

@j3tsfan29  


"I would sign Byrd in a heartbeat, followed by talib. 12 mil plus another 8 would leave us with atleast 28 mil"

Wait...who are you giving 12m to?  Byrd or Talib?

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brian Devroe  I think he's going to get more.  I know OTC said that he probably won't get anything better than Hartline money ($6m) but I reckon he could end up with 7-8m on the open market.

Zartan
Zartan

Watkins gone, hope Gilbert is there.

harold
harold

You are underestimating what Bryd, Ward and Davis will likely cost.  A high cost safety is not worth it to me.  CB is more of a need than safety as you admit.

Get me Verner or Shields and a WR or 2 on offense and we are set.

harold
harold

Reed was so bad and aging the defense forced more turnovers than they had all season once he came on the team.

Plus he tied for the team lead in INT's (3) despite only playing 7 games.

harold
harold

I would take Tarell Brown over Thurmond any day (Although Thurmond is a fallback option for me).  Brown is an excellent polayer and we could get him for around 5-6 million APY for 3 years.  At that price he is a steal and he is better than Cro at this stage despite them being similar ages.

Yes to Jones Asamoah.

No to Pettigrew, he is a very average football player.

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

Hankie, The Mets and Jets never owned every inch of NY....they were never the no. 1 team in their respective sports.....

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples  I'm surprised you don't operate a "well, at least they're not as bad as the Knicks" approach to evaluating the Jets front office.

Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  Yeah, normally the interception totals would be as far as the lazy media would look to evaluate safety play, but when that contradicted their prediction/analysis, they tried to fall over themselves to disprove those numbers and made themselves look even dumber than they usually do!

harold
harold

@a57se

Actually the Mets were as good as any team in the majors from 1985 to 1988.  Including one World Series.

mustang66
mustang66

I was there and I can tell you the Mets ruled the roost. You hardly even notice there was another team in town.the 86 Mets we're not only dominant on the field, winning a hundred eight gamesand pounding teams into submission they were stars of the field as well. it was a hi five curtain call extravaganza.that I remember like it was yesterday.I don't think we will ever seen another Mets team like these guys. you may not believe it but they were the most entertaining sports team in all four major sports. The best time ever to be a Mets fan

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples  

Nah, we met on New Years' Eve, our first date was on that Sat.   had to check the 1981 calender to refresh the old brain cells!

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples @a57se@Bent@harold 

My wife and I had our first kiss in the snow in Manhattan on  New Years day in 1981......corrrection, it was Jan. 3rd.

I went Ice skating twice in my life and broke something both times!

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  Historically, the Yankees have been the top team in terms of buzz/fanbase. NYC is broken up into die-hard Yankee fans, die-hard Mets fans, and then a huge contingent of fair-weather fans in the middle that sway depending on who is better. 


The Mets have owned the city twice, the late-60's-early 70's stretch, and the mid-80's. They had a shot in the 2000 World Series to convert an entire generation of fans, but Armando mother -f***ing Benitez. ;ahgf;ahfg;ahga;lfgjka. 

harold
harold

@Bent @a57se @Brendan

I will say both points have their merits and call it a day on this one.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se@harold 

Exactly......and like I said as your ppost appeared, the Polls still showed the Yankees way out in front though the Mets had all the bandwagon Folks.

The Mets DID corner the Cocaine market in NYC during that time.....:)

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Polls were done at the time and guess what? The Mets lagged behind....... that is a fact.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @harold  What tends to happen when a team becomes a contender is that a bunch of bandwagon fans start to show an interest.  Now, if you're in a town with multiple teams, you could get a bunch of casual fans wearing their gear, watching their games and rooting for them in the postseason.  Perhaps the same casual fans that rooted for the other team when they were the contenders.  So you can at least get the perception that one fanbase is more visible than the other, at least in the short term.


You'd never change the number of die-hards much, I think that's obviously true.

harold
harold

You limit it to total fans (which is hard to prove).  I go by actual coverage, attendance and success.

I think my position is stronger.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

How could they OWN NY if they didn't have more fans?

Not happening. They owned the back pages of the newspapers, they had better attendance at their games, etc.........but they did NOT own NY Fans...at least not MOST of them.

harold
harold

The debate was colored by your statementof never been the best or more popular.

I simply showed that during this time the METS of the mid 80's owned NY.  It was not forever, but during that time there is little doubt.  The METS were the Kings!

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Well the original scope was defined by Hanks statement. That is what I was talking about. The amount of Yankees fans has ALWAYS been greater than the amount of Mets fans...this has never been in dispute.

The same goes for Giants fans vs. Jets fans.

Knoicks fans vs. Nets fans.

Rangers fans vs. Islander and Devils fans.

Whoever is winning will be more popular in terms of ticket sales......we all know this.


harold
harold

That not what I was doing. It is called adding persepctive. 

Every debate needs scope.  You can't argue on every point.  You try to illustrate the most valid points to the argument and win those.

harold
harold

Kinda, but definitely more impactful because we actually won it all!

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Ok, lets' limit the sample size to win the point?


Bent
Bent moderator

@harold  Okay, thanks.  It was an interesting period, for sure.


I guess it's a bit like when the Jets in 2009 and 2010 were all "we own this town" but then the Giants win it all and suddenly we're back to the status quo.

harold
harold

Popularity in sports is measured by dollars spent and attendance.  The METS were ahead during this time.

harold
harold

@a57se

They were more popular.  Maybe not among older fans, but in the under 40 crowd not even close.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se@harold 

Polls conducted showed the Yankees still had more fans.......though they didn't draw as well at the stadium but they weren't winning and Steinbrenner kept trading away their young guys for washed up stars.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @harold  Not even in the Gooden/Strawberry/Carter/Hernandez era?  I wasn't there, so I can't comment, but that's how it was reported on the coverage we got of that team.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

The Mets were never more popular than the Yankees....

harold
harold

I still think the METS were more popular than the Yankees than. 

I think that is a true.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

Yeah, I knew someone would interpret what I typed this way instead of the way I meant it......I didn't mean they never had teams that were the best in their respective sports....I meant they were NEVER the most popular team in NY in their respective sports.....