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Jairus Byrd not worried about contract extension yet

By Tim Graham

Free agent-to-be Jairus Byrd didn't make any definitive declarations about his future with the Buffalo Bills, but he said he wouldn't mind coming back.

"If everything works out, I have no problems with Buffalo," Byrd told reporters today at One Bills Drive. "But I know around this time, it's about business."

Byrd is in the final season of his rookie contract and having a great campaign. He's second on the Bills with 64 tackles. He leads them with four interceptions, is tied for the lead with three forced fumbles and two recoveries. He has five pass breakups.

Byrd would be one of the most attractive free agents of 2013. ProFootballFocus.com rates him the NFL's third-best safety this year. The Bills could be forced to apply the franchise tag on him if negotiations sputter.

"It's exciting," Byrd said of being a free agent for the first time. "Everybody is excited about that possibility, but I'm just trying to finish this season and then go from there."

ESPN.com blogger James Walker reported today the Bills have had talks with Byrd's camp about an extension.

Byrd said he was unaware of any negotiations.

"I've talked to my agent, but it hasn't been about that," Byrd said. "He'll tell me what's going on. ... We communicate. He just kind of lets me focus. I'll let him handle that."

Byrd didn't make any pronouncements about finishing his career with Buffalo, but spoke kindly of the organization and region.

"Re-signing with Buffalo, I have no problems," Byrd said. "We just have to win. That's the biggest thing, just winning.

"And I want to be somewhere I'm wanted, too. I want to be wanted here, and if that's the case, then I have no problems with Buffalo, Coach Gailey. Everyone is great here."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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