Bills, Jairus Byrd talking extension

Jairus Byrd is arguably the Bills’ 2nd best defensive player (after 100 million dollar man Mario Williams) and he was ProFootballFocus’ 3rd rated safety last year, ahead of notables like Ed Reed and franchise players Michael Griffin, Dashon Goldson, and Tyvon Branch. Only Troy Polamalu and Adrian Wilson rated higher than him. However, the 2009 2nd round pick is unsigned after the 2012 season. The Bills are working on changing that.

According to BuffaloBills.com, GM Buddy Nix is hopeful of signing Byrd to a long term contract and the two sides are currently in talks. You’d have to figure that the contracts of Eric Weddle (5 years, 40 million, 19 million guaranteed), Michael Huff (4 years, 32 million, 16 million guaranteed), and Michael Griffin (5 years, 35 million, 15 million guaranteed), as well as whatever Dashon Goldson and Tyvon Branch get, will be the starting points for negotiations.

That means Byrd can reasonably expect something like 7-8 million per year over 4-5 years with 15-19 million guaranteed. If Byrd remains unsigned going into the season, the Bills will likely franchise him after next season, though that might be dependent on them resigning Andy Levitre and Kraig Urbik first. The Bills are also reportedly in talks with those two, who are also heading into contract years. For reference, the franchise tag value for this season was 6.2 million, but that number could be significantly higher in 2013 with all of these new contracts being factored in.

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