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Redskins interested in Byrd but asking price may be prohibitive

Mar 10, 2014, 12:13 PM EST

Jairus-Byrd

Bills safety Jairus Byrd is at or near the top of most fee agent rankings and after Buffalo decided not to give him the franchise tag, many have been wondering who would pursue him and how much money he would be looking for.

We have a partial answer to the former question and the answer to the second is not particularly surprising.

ESPN.com is reporting that Byrd is seeking an average annual salary of $9 million. That would make him the second-highest paid safety in the game, just behind Eric Berry of the Chiefs. It was widely expected that he would try to become one of the top-paid safeties in the game so this report confirms that.

Among the teams said to be interested in Byrd are the Dolphins and Rams and, according to the Washington Post, the Redskins.

The Redskins certainly do have a need at safety as both of last year’s starters are free agents and the backups who are on the roster have not shown that they are capable of starting. But $9 million per year would be tough for a team with about $22 million in salary cap room and a lot of needs to fill.

It’s possible that with Byrd and with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, who also is looking for a salary in the $9 to $10 million range, the Redskins are not in the bidding at the current asking price. They may just want to be in the game if the prices should drop. If Byrd doesn’t get what he’s looking for and if he doesn’t his contract could come down to a level where he would represent a good value.

As the process unfolds, don’t take whatever you hear at face value. “Interest” does not mean “pay whatever it takes to get the guy”.

Oh, and most importantly: Believe what you see and not what you hear.

  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    If you’re a team looking to take that last step to contending for a Super Bowl title, Byrd makes sense.

    But we’re not…we’re a team short on talent and full of holes, looking to rebuild.

    And a big part of the reason we got here was giving away drafts picks, making bad draft picks, and paying top dollar for older free agents. The Danny Snyder Story, thus far.
    ~

    • Troy - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Its the same reason we were NFC east champions a year ago. I guess the talent just disappeared. And what older free agent have the Skins over paid for in the last 8 years? No one’s denying that there are 4-5 spots where upgrades are needed…..

  2. dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Please do not sign these jigh priced FA’s! Go and get 2 good players for the price of one. With our luck Byrd or Talib would get injured in Week 1 and be out for the season. There are many players in that second tier that would fit nicely here! HTTR!

    • dcsportsfan2277 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      oops…high

  3. kenlinkins - Mar 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I keep hearing big noise about the Redskins making a Big Slash in Free Agent signings. Either Byrd or Talib with a big signing bonus and smaller per year cost to help this year (and burn up the 2015 and 2016 Cap increase). One rumor has it the reason we didn’t sign Riley is that we wanted to wait and see what Talib was going to cost us. Rich: Any chance that the Redskins will change the helmet logo back to the spear or feather in 2014 (as was once done after a coaching change in the old days) so I will have something to look forward to as either of these signing is not what I wanted to see to start the rebuild?

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