Q&A: Bills GM Whaley says not tagging Byrd 'sets up more amicable negotiation'

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd celebrates an interception against the New York Jets at Ralph...

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd celebrates an interception against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., TIMOTHY T. LUDWIG/USA Today)

John Kryk, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

By not franchise-tagging Jairus Byrd again, the Buffalo Bills might stand a better chance of signing him to a long-term deal.

That's what Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday morning in an interview inside the team's fieldhouse, during the University of Buffalo's pro day.

In his first full off-season as GM, Whaley answered questions not only about the team's three-time Pro Bowl safety, who is set to become a free agent next Tuesday at 4 p.m. EDT, but also about the team's "aggressive" plan for free agency, and the team's quarterback situation.

Here's a partial transcript of Whaley's interview with QMI Agency:

Regarding the decision not to tag Jairus Byrd, and in the event he does not re-sign, many Bills fans want to know why you would let a valuable Pro Bowl player leave without any immediate compensation?


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