Byrd signed with the Panthers on Tuesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Byrd was seen as one of the best safeties in the league when he was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, but then, after signing a six-year deal with the Saints, he wasn't the same player. After being released by the Saints during the offseason, Byrd finally will get another shot, with Panthers starting safety Kurt Coleman set for a multiweek absence with a sprained MCL. Byrd likely will fill in as a reserve safety until Coleman is able to make his return to the field.
Byrd will be released by the Saints at the start of free agency, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports.
Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.
Byrd had 82 tackles (56 solo) and two interceptions in 16 games in 2016.
Byrd's third season in New Orleans was by far his most productive, however, the eight-year veteran was actually demoted from the starting lineup early in the season in favor of rookie free safety Vonn Bell. Nevertheless, Byrd still finished third on the team in tackles, as he saw substantial playing time in three-safety and nickel packages. Despite his improved production, Byrd is due over $11 million in 2017 and he could be a salary-cap casualty this offseason if he is unwilling to accept a pay cut to stay in New Orleans.
Byrd notched nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Byrd lost his starting gig in Week 3 to rookie Vonn Bell, but the veteran safety has quietly amassed 60 tackles this year, tied for third-most on the team, as the Saints frequently deploy a three-safety lineup. While Byrd is still prone to inconsistent play and has yet to record a sack or turnover this year, he's at least an option for desperate owners in IDP leagues.
Byrd made 10 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's win against the Seahawks.
Byrd was actually replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Vonn Bell a few games ago, but he continues to see substantial playing time in three-safety and nickel packages. Still, Byrd is not a recommended option in IDP leagues, as he's averaging less than five tackles per game and has yet to force a turnover or record a sack this season.
Byrd was not placed on the Saints' active/PUP list for the first time in his three-year career in New Orleans, ESPN.com reports.
Though healthy for the start of camp, Byrd did miss the entirety of the Saints' offseason program rehabbing the knee injury that has plagued him since inking a six-year, $54 million deal ahead of the 2014 season. Hopefully, for the Saints, Byrd's 2016 training camp presence will smoothly translate to an improved performance in the upcoming campaign for a New Orleans secondary that allowed the 31st-most passing yards in the NFL during 2015.
Byrd made seven tackles (four solo) and had an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Remarkably, the interception was Byrd's first in two injury-plagued seasons in New Orleans. Byrd has also recently picked up his game in other areas, making a combined 22 tackles (15 solo) in his last three games. Keep in mind that strong safety Kenny Vaccaro primarily plays near the line of scrimmage, while Byrd plays much deeper at free safety, but Byrd is slowly becoming an option in deeper IDP leagues.
Saints free safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is active for Sunday game against the Colts.
After missing the first three games while recovering from knee surgery, Byrd has been back on the field for three straight contests without much complication. Even so, he's recorded just 10 stops over those three games, which will keep him off the Individual Defensive Player radar until he draws closer to providing double-digit tackle counts on a weekly basis.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Byrd will likely hop right in as a starter alongside Kenny Vaccaro, but the Saints may monitor the three-time Pro Bowler's snaps. Although his track record from Buffalo is superb, Byrd has played just 15 games since the start of 2013 and four games since the beginning of 2014. He needs to re-prove that he's a useful IDP outside of very deep leagues.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, ESPN's reports.
Though he's yet to log a full practice, Byrd is expected to make his 2015 debut Sunday night. Despite the name recognition, a wait-and-see approach makes sense in IDP leagues, and there's no guarantee Byrd is still the same player who earned Ed Reed comparisons in Buffalo.
Vikings safety Jairus Byrd (knee) was limited in practice Thursday.
This marks the second consecutive day in which Byrd has logged a limited practice, but it remains to be seen if he'll assume his starting spot at free safety, if he's deemed active Sunday against the Cowboys.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is out for Sunday's game in Carolina.
Byrd will miss a third straight game to start the season, but he still hasn't been ruled out beyond Week 3. Kenny Phillips will likely get another start alongside Kenny Vaccaro.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Still unable to practice, Byrd will miss a second straight game to open the season, leaving Jamarca Sanford as the likely starter next to Kenny Vaccaro. The New Orleans secondary is in bad shape.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd (knee) didn't practice Thursday.
Byrd has yet to practice this season, but his absence, along with Rafael Bush's (chest) presence on injured reserve, has forced the Saints to trot out a supbar secondary, to say the least. While the team hoped that Byrd might be able to return for Week 2, his lack of any practice reps to date are whittling away at that assumption.
If he remains sidelined Sunday against the Buccaneers, Jamarca Sanford is the likely candidate to line up next to strong safety Kennny Vaccaro.
Saints running back C.J. Spiller, among others, was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
Defensive backs Jairus Byrd and Keenan Lewis, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Davis Tull have all been ruled out for the matchup.
The Saints are not expecting safety Jairus Byrd to play in Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, according to ESPN.
Byrd played only four games last season due to a knee injury. He did not take any preseason snaps because of swelling in his knee, so the Saints are not expecting him to play until Week 2 or Week 3, per the report.
Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday they are expecting Byrd to return within six weeks, which is why he wasn't placed on the PUP list.
The Saints decided not to place safety Jairus Byrd on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, reports NFL.com.
Byrd is now a member of the active roster and can return at any time. Byrd has been dealing with swelling in his knee and is questionable for the start of the season.
The Saints placed three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were all placed on PUP. Cornerback Brian Dixon was placed on the non-football injury list.
Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury.
All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season.
The Saints have restructured the contract for safety Jairus Byrd, as they move closer to getting under the 2015 salary cap, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
New Orleans cleared $4.8 million of cap space by converting Byrd's $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus. His cap number also dropped from $10.3 million to $5.5 million with the restructure.
Byrd, 28, signed a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints in 2013, but has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He announced Wednesday that he's officially cleared for the 2015 season, after having surgery last October to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.
Saints free safety Jairus Byrd tweeted that he just got officially cleared for the 2015 season. Byrd underwent surgery last October to fix torn meniscus in his knee.
Byrd, 28, has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2012 and 2013 with Buffalo before signing a six-year, $54 million deal with New Orleans.