Scratching your head about any of the deals on Monday? Many folks were shocked about this one, the New Orleans Saints announced they reached reached agreement with former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday night.
Bryd signed a deal. A huge deal, to be exact, at six years and a reported $54 million with $28 million guaranteed.
Saints reached agreement with S Jairus Byrd on a six-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Not to say the rest of the opening day of free agency wasn't a frenzy itself this was a stunning move by the Saints
In 2013 Byrd received the Bills' franchise tag but chose not to sign his franchise tender until the third week of the preseason after he was unable to reach a long-term deal with the Bills.
The team decided not to use the tag again on the safety this offseason. Byrd, a second-round pick of the Bills in 2009, has been selected to three Pro Bowls. His nine interceptions as a rookie were tied for the most in the NFL that season.
Byrd sat out the first five games of last season due to foot soreness. He finished with 48 tackles, four interceptions and a sack.
Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan now has the luxury of pairing the talented Byrd with 2013 rookie Kenny Vaccaro at the safety positions look out for that powerful duo in the NFC south.
Written By Oren Shiri follow me on Twitter @NFLorentime
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