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With non-exclusive tag, Jairus Byrd still may sign offer sheet

By Tim Graham

The franchise tag the Buffalo Bills placed on safety Jairus Byrd is a non-exclusive, which makes a difference in what could happen next.

Clubs have the choice of designating their franchise tag as "exclusive" or "non-exclusive."

An exclusive franchise tag prevents other teams from negotiating with that player, essentially guaranteeing he will return to his original team.

A non-exclusive franchise tag allows the player to negotiate with other teams and sign an offer sheet. If that occurs, then the original team has the option to match the offer sheet and keep the player.

If the original club chooses not to match the offer sheet, then it receives two first-round draft choices as compensation from the player's new team.

So it's still possible for Byrd to play elsewhere in 2013.


2013 free agency | Jairus Byrd
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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.

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