Report: Jairus Byrd not getting deal to become highest-paid safety

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Jarius Byrd reportedly wants to be the highest-paid safety in the NFL. (USATSI)
Jairus Byrd reportedly wants to be the highest-paid safety in the NFL. (USATSI)

Bills safety Jairus Byrd is the lone remaining player who hasn't signed his franchise tender. Don't bank on him inking it anytime soon either, and it sure doesn't sound like he'll be getting a long-term deal.

At least the one he reportedly wants. Adam Benigni of WGRZ in Buffalo reports that Byrd wants to be the "highest paid safety" in entire league and that, not surprisingly, Buffalo balked at those demands.

Again, not surprising that Buffalo wouldn't want to make Byrd the top-paid safety in the league. That honor currently belongs to Troy Polamalu at $9.87 million per year and you'd have to think the Steelers would like a mulligan on his latest deal regardless of whether or not you think he's overrated.

Byrd's a lot younger, however, and he's already making a ton of money on his one-year deal as is. And it simply seems like the two sides aren't remotely near the same place, money-wise. If Byrd has a monster year in 2013, it's possible he can justify the top safety contract. But it's also possible that the Bills still won't to pay him.

The bigger issue is whether or not Byrd is willing to play out the full season under the tender. We've seen plenty of players who are willing to do, but given that Byrd hasn't signed his tender, it's possible that this could continue to become contentious into the preseason.

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