Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd is open to signing a new deal with the team.
There have been reports that the team has started negations on a new deal with the fourth-year safety. Byrd has said he wants to stick around, but understands the NFL is a business where tough decisions have to be made.
“I have no problems with Buffalo, but I know that around this time it’s about business, so I understand that too,” Byrd told buffalobills.com.
“I love the fans here,” he continued. “We just have to win. That’s the biggest thing, just winning and I want to be somewhere where I’m wanted too. I want people to want me here and if that’s the case I have no problems with Buffalo and coach Gailey. Everybody here is great.”
Since he entered the league in 2009, Byrd is currently tied for third in NFL with 17 interceptions. He also leads the Bills in interceptions and forced fumbles and is currently behind Nick Barnett for the team lead in tackles.
With statistics like those, it should mean a number of teams would be interested in Byrd if he were to become a free-agent.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix is well aware of that and the important role Byrd plays for the team.
“He’s a guy we’d like to keep,” Nix told Buffalobills.com. “We’ve said that all along.”
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