Dec 1, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson (13) during the second half at the Rogers Center. Falcons beat the Bills 34 to 31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: Safety Jairus Byrd Will Test Free Agent Market

While the jury is still out on whether the Kansas City Chiefs could sign Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd or should even go after him is still out, it looks like they’ll at least get the opportunity to throw their hat into the ring.

While the Bills made it known at one point that their intention was to apply the franchise tag to Byrd rather than let him leave — this would be the second year in a row — it now seems that their phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook with potential trade offers. Now, it appears, they’re prepared to let Byrd walk according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.


The issue with Byrd and the Bills is not a new one. The prolific defensive back hasn’t hid the fact that he wants to get paid and play for a winning team. The team failed to reach a deal with him last season and was forced to use the tag, which isn’t unheard of. However, double tagging a player is a bit more rare. Taking a note from last year’s negotiations, it would appear the Bills made Byrd a lucrative offer, but he declined.


Free safety is arguably the biggest position of need for the Chiefs heading into the 2014 season. While they could use pass rushing help, a bigger, faster receiving corps and linemen to protect quarterback Alex Smith, a large part of the defensive collapse last season can be pinpointed to poor back end play. If the Bills offered Byrd a contract like Rapoport says, that would have made him a higher paid player than Chiefs safety Eric Berry who is currently the highest paid player at his position in the NFL.

As Rapoport also said in a later tweet, if the Bills don’t reach a deal with Byrd before tomorrow — which is the deadline to apply the franchise tag to a player — they can still potentially reach a deal before the free agency period begins on March 11. After that, it’s free game.

What do you think, Addicts? With these new developments, should the Chiefs go after Byrd? Do you salivate thinking about he and Berry in the same backfield? Sound off below.


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  • Kenneth Hedlund

    Go for him

  • berttheclock

    Meanwhile, Earl Thomas awaits his trip to the door of Paul Allen’s vault.

  • freshmeat62

    No. Too much money. Sounds like they’re talking about maybe $10 mil or so a year. I’d rather take my chances w/ a draft pick. I don’t think any S is worth that kind of money – even Berry.

    • Keith Alberson

      Totally agree, even Berry needs to restructure. We need that money, if were going after anyone, it needs to be Red Bryant of the Seahawks, Drop Jackson, and draft a rookie free safety. We have sander Cummings in house already, I for one don’t see it.

  • berttheclock

    If the Bills tag him by Monday, they will be on the hook for $8.433 M after the new Cap adjustment.

  • calciomoti

    As exciting as it sounds, realistically I don’t think its possible to sign him and fill in all the team needs/wants without restructuring several contracts of current players. How would this conversation go between Dorsey and berry’s camp…hey Eric we need to restructure you’re deal so we can pay the other safety more money than you….not happening. Even if I want it to…

  • andyred

    Go after him!! We would have the best secondary.

  • jesse

    Sanders Commings looked good in training camp last offseason. I feel like he deserves a shot. Maybe get a cheaper veteran with solid numbers. Have smith and cooper on the outside, trade flowers for some picks or maybe a receiver. Draft one of those bigger corners early, I would also love to have Cooks on our team. Perfect for this offense and so explosive along with great routes.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      I like Commings as well. However, do you want to hang your hat on a player who got hurt twice, played in two games and recorded one tackle?

      • jesse

        I see your point. I just dont think we should sign Byrd to a big deal, although he deserves one. We need to sign our guards and look into adding solid depth than one expensive stud. We have studs

        • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

          I agree about Byrd. I don’t think the Chiefs can afford him. I expect the Chiefs to be bargain basement shoppers, at best, in the FA market. I doubt the Chiefs can sign both Schwartz and Asamoah.

          • jesse

            Perhaps not. But here’s something we should all remember: McGrath, cooper, parker. All picked up out of the bargain barrel and all talented:) I actually wouldn’t mind seeing us hold onto cooper, smith and parker as our corners, like I’m curious about it because they all showed a lot of promise. Just needed a free safety to help with coverage over the top. Enter commings lol

          • jesse

            My first couple dream draft picks: Cooks, jean baptiste/mcgill, skov, Sam, Janis. (assuming they do something like trade down a couple and grab another 3rd or trade Brandon flowers for at least a 3rd)

  • berttheclock

    He says he wants to play for a contender, but, just wait until Cleveland opens the vault for him and re-unites him with Mike Pettine. Of course, that will mean Ward will become a free agent.

  • Travis Forsyth

    signing Byrd would be HUGE of the chiefs! I can only imagine how awesome it would be to have him opposite Berry in the Defensive backfield!

  • RepOurChiefs

    Can we get a physical FS out the draft?

  • Calchiefsfan

    Someone seems to always overpay in a bidding war. I would prefer that the Chiefs not overpay and pursue other options. Maybe get a good FS in FA, just not the best, and draft Tuitt or Hageman to improve our pass rush from the D line. I love Donald but I think he is better suited for a 4-3 D.

    • Brian Dempsey

      I’m with you there. Chiefs defense really needs a 3-4 DE that can attack the QB. Draft day dream scenario: Trade down a few slots and get an extra pick and still land Tuitt.

      • Calchiefsfan

        Very possible. I think Tuitt is slated late first to early second.

  • Roger Mihalko

    No way on byrd….to much cash and doesn’t really sound like dorsey’s style.
    1. resign demps and abdullah,
    2. hope sanders is healthy and ready for competition
    3. draft a safety
    4. scope for a 2nd tier safety FA veteran.
    5 they need a starter and back up as well as a backup for berry.
    6. we need linebacker depth inside and outside
    7. we need DE starter who can rush
    8. A tall speedy corner might no hurt.

    Just a lot of work herr and Byrd just requires to much cash than can be used elsewhere.

  • gene

    too much $$$$
    He is a good player but can we afford to spent up to $20M on S

  • Tristian

    I dont know. Think about how many times Peyton Manning went deep all season. Until the Super Bowl. The ability to take away the deep pass from Seattle’s corners and safeties significantly impacted how teams ran thier offense against them. Thats major. Imagine if Seattle has our safties. They may not win the championship and they wouldn’t be ranked number 1 on D. Byrd isn’t worth 10 a year but he is worth alot. If a team cant throw deep despite how many weapons they have and how “elite” thier QB is that impacts the game majorly in a passing league. He is worth at least a look

    • berttheclock

      Hey, Tristian, what is your take on the Harbaugh/Baalke dust up in the Bay? However, I was just reading where the Niners have given Kilgore an extension and expect him to become their new starting center. Goodwin, at 35, will probably be dropped. But, it was funny reading posts at sfgate from those fans who thought Baalke was being hypocritical for extending a player who had recently been busted in Tennessee for public intoxication. Interesting site at times. Reminds me a bit of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where posters get into major dustups with one another concerning their beloved Browns.

  • Michael Shaw

    Has anyone even considered the fact that he turned down being paid as the best safety in football by the Bills because he wants to be on a team with potential to go to the playoffs. Maybe he wouldn’t be as expensive as you think given he wants a ring…………………………..