So the deadline came and went today at 4:00 for the Bills to get a long term deal done with franchise safety Jairus Byrd.
Nether side has done much talking publicly. General Manager Doug Whaley issued this statement after the deadline passed this afternoon.
"We worked very hard to come to a long-term agreement with Jairus, but unfortunately, were unable to reach one before today's deadline. Our attention will now be focused on a one-year agreement with him and on Training Camp with our continued efforts to prepare our team for the upcoming season."
I can tell you a bit more about how they arrived at this.
A source close to negotiations tells me that Byrd and his agent Eugene Parker wanted to become the highest paid free safety in the NFL. That would eclipse the 5-year $41.25 million dollar deal that Dashon Goldson signed with Tampa Bay. There was a reported $22-million guaranteed as part of that deal.
I'm told the Bills were willing to put him in the top four at the position, but that Byrd and Parker essentially walked away from their final offer and shut down negotiations with the deadline passing today with no talks.
So what's next?
the Bills and Byrd are restricted to signing a one-year deal until after the coming season. I suspect that Byrd's holdout is going to continue into training camp as he will likely negotiate for a deal that will prevent the Bills from using the franchise tag on him again next year.
Parker did not comment via email Monday afternoon.