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Warren Sapp to Jairus Byrd: 'Go back to work and earn it'

By Tim Graham

Warren Sapp is a broadcast analyst because he's outspoken and oftentimes controversial.

On the topic of safety Jairus Byrd not reaching terms with the Buffalo Bills today, Sapp suggested Byrd ought to look in the mirror rather than expect to be paid among the highest free safeties.

Here are Sapp's comments from "NFL Total Access" tonight on the NFL Network:

"What you want isn't what we're talking about here in the NFL life. It's about what the team deems you worthy of being paid. Sign your tender, go back to work and earn it like your rookie year when you came into the league and you went to the Pro Bowl. That's what you do. Whenever somebody questions your play on the football field, you go out on the football field and you show it.

"I question him because you've been there the whole time with Buffalo, and if Buffalo doesn't see you as an asset as far as their franchise player and the guy they want to put as their safety, [that says something]. If the team that watches you practice and play every day doesn't deem you the best safety in the game, then you might want to look at yourself."


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Tim Graham

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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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