The New Orleans Saints weren't expected to make a lot of noise in the offseason as they don't have a ton of money to work with, but it didn't seem that way on Tuesday. On the first day of NFL free agency, the Saints scheduled a visit with free agent safety Jairus Byrd, but signed him before he even got there, according to Adam Schefter on March 11, 2014.
On Tuesday afternoon, the former Buffalo Bills safety scheduled a visit with the Saints, but mere hours later, it was reported that a deal was reached.
All that is known of the deal so far is that the Saints and Byrd have agreed to terms on a six-year deal. As of 10:00 p.m. EST, it was revealed that Byrd had gotten a six-year deal worth $54 million with $28 million guaranteed.
The Saints were a mere $2.1 million under the salary cap on Monday, but they were looking to unload a few players and also restructure some contracts. It appears as if that happened due to the agreement with Byrd, who is a three-time All-Pro.
Reports stated that Byrd was looking for at least $9 million per season.
Earlier on Tuesday, Saints free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins left the team and came to an agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles. It looks as if the Saints will have second-year played Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd starting at safety next season.
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