Friday, March 1, 2013

Bills slap franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd


The Buffalo Bills will have arguably their best defensive player for at least one more year.

Friday, the Bills applied their franchise tag to would-be free agent safety Jairus Byrd, locking up the ball hawk through next March as they try to work out a long-term deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The franchise tag for a safety is $6.916 million, as announced by the NFL Friday. (photo: LostBob, Flickr)

Byrd, a second-round pick in 2009, grabbed five interceptions and forced four fumbles in 2012 as Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's second-most productive safety. He was the team's top priority of free agency/

Buffalo will now move on to try and secure offensive lineman Andy Levitre, who is also an impending unrestricted free agent.

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