Holdout safety Byrd signs franchise tender with Bills

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) reacts after making a tackle during NFL action against...

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) reacts after making a tackle during NFL action against the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, New York, November 15, 2012. (REUTERS/Doug Benz)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

Buffalo’s Byrd has flown back into the coop.

Free safety Jairus Byrd has ended his holdout and signed his one-year franchise-tag tender with the Bills, the team announced Tuesday night.

Byrd will earn a guaranteed $6.916-million salary for 2013, an amount determined by his position under the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and players union.

Byrd had refused to sign the tender since the club placed a franchise tag on him in March. He thus missed all spring activities with the club — meetings, conditioning workouts, spring practices — and training camp up to this point.

The Bills and Byrd cannot negotiate a long-term deal until after the regular season ends, as the deadline for tagged players for doing so was July 15.

The Bills could slap the franchise tag on Byrd again next March for 2014, but would have to pay him a minimum of 120% of his 2013 salary, which would equate to $8.3 million.

Byrd let the team in interceptions in 2012, and tied for seventh in the league, with five. The only safeties in the league with more were Stevie Brown of the New York Giants (8) and Thomas DeCoud of the Atlanta Falcons (6).

The Bills selected the 5-foot-10, 206-pounder in the second round of the draft in 2009. The 26-year-old has 18 interceptions in his career.

A free safety, Byrd will partner with new strong safety Aaron Williams, a converted cornerback, at the back of the Bills secondary.


Videos

Photos