Rumors that Buffalo Bills safety Jarius Byrd had authorized his agent Eugene Parker to actively negotiate a trade from the Buffalo Bills may be premature. After holding out and not attending training camp, Byrd eventually signed his franchise tag, but rumors are that he signed it under duress.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Sept. 5 that sources close to Jarius Byrd acknowledged that the Bills safety is open to a trade, but is not “actively seeking “ one. The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29, which means that any trade negotiations between Byrd and another NFL franchise could play out over the next couple of weeks.
Rapoport stated that it is highly unlikely that Jarius Byrd would be traded because he is battling plantar fasciitis that has made Byrd questionable for the Buffalo Bills home opener on Sunday against the New England Patriots.
The Buffalo Bills have six safeties on their 50-man roster, including veteran Jim Leonard who was signed by the Bills on Monday. In a statement after Leonhard’s signing head coach Doug Marrone gave the impression that he is very confident in Jim Leonhard’s ability to anchor the Bills young secondary.
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