Report: Jairus Byrd won't sign franchise tag before offseason work
Bills safety Jairus Byrd reportedly won't sign his $6.9 million franchise tag and therefore won't attend the beginning of Buffalo's offseason workouts.
But that reportedly hasn’t made Byrd happy. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Byrd won’t sign his franchise tag before the Bills open offseason workouts Tuesday, and it sounds like Byrd won’t be in town for conditioning.
These workouts aren't mandatory until June, and reportedly, Byrd won’t attend anything that’s voluntary while his contract status remains unclear.
But here’s something to think about when it comes to Byrd: He’s represented by agent Eugene Parker, and Parker has a not-so-pleasant history with the Buffalo franchise. The Buffalo News' Tim Graham explains.
Byrd's agent is Eugene Parker, and that guy doesn't fool around.
Parker, you may recall, represents former Bills tackle Jason Peters.
Although Peters still had two years left on a previously restructured contract, dissatisfaction and Parker's refusal to bend on what he felt his star client was worth forced the Bills to trade Peters in April 2009 to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles then gave Peters a six-year contract worth about $60.6 million.
According to Graham, Buffalo fans eventually began to loathe Peters because of the manipulations of his agent. Whether Parker will do the same with Byrd remains unclear. But if I’m a Bills fan, Monday’s news would make me a little bit wary.
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