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After signing a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints this offseason, Byrd missed all of his new team's OTAs and minicamps. The team thought it was best for Byrd's long-term health to get the "minor surgery" done and over with so it wouldn't impact him this season.
"When you see a guy catch a pass and you see his first two steps look like he's about to run a 40-yard dash, you know that the guy is quick and fast. And when you get the ball to him and he learns what to do, there might be problems [for opposing defenses]," Saints tight end Benjamin Watson said. "And that's what we all saw from the first pass he caught. Everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed.'"
Cornerback Keenan Lewis nicknamed his new teammate "Lightning" after Cooks torched him down the field on an end-around, even pausing to playfully let Lewis try to catch up for a moment.
Outside linebacker Junior Galette added, "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a while," which is saying an awful lot since Galette has played across the field from Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush, Joe Morgan, Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson while in New Orleans.
His average salary ranks above Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual average.
According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the deal will average $10 million annually. The Saints said only that it's a multiyear contract.
Schefter reports there's now optimism a deal will get done.
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