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Was franchising Jairus Byrd a good idea for the Bills?

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06:53 PM ET 03.01 | The free agent dominos are starting to fall, but not in the way you'd expect. Teams have until Sunday, March 4, to decide whether or not they want to use their franchise tag to keep an exiting free agent, and a few teams are beginning to do that very thing. Jairus Byrd was going to be the top safety available in the market this offseason, but the Buffalo Bills have placed their franchise tag on him. Bills fans are going to be happy Byrd is sticking around, but the two sides now need to work out a long-term contract in order to avoid going through this all over again next season. Byrd is considered one of the best young safeties in the NFL today, as he gave up just 0.28 yards per snap in coverage, intercepted five passes and wasn't beaten for any touchdowns in 2012. Safety is a coveted position in the NFL and Byrd is one of the best in the game today.

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Jairus Byrd, Getty Images/Rick Stewart Jairus Byrd, Getty Images/Rick Stewart
March 2, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Safety is a coveted position in the NFL and Byrd is one of the best in the game today.



.....soooooo, I guess it was a good idea then.

March 2, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Rocket science, huh?

March 2, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Only the tight end position and kickers have a lower tag number than safeties. So, yes, it is a good move.

 
March 2, 2013  11:48 AM ET

If they get to the playoffs they made the right move, if they don't well, at least they tried!!! Go Get Bills!!!

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