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Jairus Byrd | Defensive Back

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 203
College: Oregon
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FS Jairus Byrd (back) went through full-contact drills for the first time as a Saint Tuesday.
Byrd, who was signed to a $54 million deal on the first day of free agency, is coming off minor surgery to repair a disc issue. He's on track to be 100 percent for Week 1, as expected. Rob Ryan's Saints defense is loaded with talent and will also benefit from a relatively soft schedule. Their first five games are against Atlanta, Cleveland, Minnesota, Dallas and Tampa Bay. Aug 20 - 8:01 AM
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Saints removed FS Jairus Byrd (back) from the active/PUP list.

Byrd underwent back surgery in May, shortly after inking a six-year, $54 million deal. Tuesday will be his first practice with the team. Byrd and sophomore Kenny Vaccaro will form one of the most imposing safety duos in the league.
Jul 29 - 9:28 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton expects FS Jairus Byrd (back surgery) to be cleared "sooner (rather) than later."

Payton said Byrd's recovery has gone "much like we expected." Byrd went under the knife in late May, and was given a shot at being ready for camp. He should be considered week to week, and likely to see time in the preseason.
Jul 24 - 7:22 PM

Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has reportedly gone as expected.

Byrd underwent a minor procedure in late May to correct a disc issue. He might be limited when camp opens later this week, but no one around the Saints is concerned with his Week 1 status. Byrd, who landed a $54 million contract in free agency, will pair with Kenny Vaccaro to form arguably the game's premier safety duo.
Jul 21 - 11:11 AM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd is undergoing "minor" back surgery on Thursday to correct a disc issue.

According to coach Sean Payton, Byrd would not have undergone the operation were it the regular season. The team is "shooting" for Byrd to be ready for camp. Although the Saints appear to have dodged a bullet with the injury's severity, it's never a good thing when a player has to undergo surgery in May. As it is, there's no reason to worry about Byrd's status for Week 1.
May 29 - 1:18 PM

Saints agreed to terms with S Jairus Byrd, formerly of the Bills, on a six-year, $54 million contract.

The deal includes $28 million guaranteed, which is $6 million more than Dashon Goldson got last offseason. Byrd got his wish, after all. Just like that, the Saints have one of the league's best safety duos, with Byrd joining ascendant second-year pro Kenny Vaccaro. One of the league's elite center fielders, Byrd is going to have ample opportunity to make plays behind DC Rob Ryan's blitzing, aggressive 3-4 front. He has 22 career picks and 11 forced fumbles across 73 games. Byrd's foot issues from 2013 are a minor concern, but he appeared in all 16 games from 2010-12. He is still only 27.
Mar 11 - 9:25 PM

Free agent S Jairus Byrd will visit the Saints on Tuesday.

It's Byrd's first visit of free agency. The Saints are in the market for a free safety after releasing Roman Harper and losing Malcolm Jenkins to the Eagles, but it's unknown if they could afford Byrd's price tag. If the Saints did land Byrd to start opposite Kenny Vaccaro, they'd have perhaps the league's best safety duo.
Mar 11 - 5:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Jairus Byrd could still re-sign with the Bills.

It sounds like Byrd's demands have spooked the open market. Rapsheet would also be "really surprised" if the Redskins got into the bidding on free agency's top safety. Byrd was at one point believed to be seeking $10 million annually, but he may end up struggling to get $8 million.
Mar 11 - 1:50 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports free agent Jairus Byrd is still seeking more than $8 million per season, and that his asking price is "scaring some teams off."

Some reports have had Byrd seeking as much as $10 million per season, with many suggesting $9 million. The Chicago Tribune agrees with Breer that it's now closer to $8 million. Byrd wants to be the highest-paid safety in football. If Byrd escapes the first 24 hours of free agency without a deal, it won't be a good sign for his demands.
Mar 10 - 3:30 PM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley is hearing that chatter of free agent FS Jairus Byrd landing with the Dolphins is a "smokescreen."

The smokescreen was apparently leaked by Byrd's reps to the NFL Network, which reported Sunday the Fins were "expressing real interest" in this year's top free agent safety. It may be a sign Byrd's camp isn't satisfied with his contract offers to date, which wouldn't be shocking. Byrd is seeking $9 million per year. That's an awful lot to pay a safety with 4.68 speed going on age 28.
Mar 10 - 12:42 PM

A source tells CSN Philly that the Eagles haven't shown much interest in free agent S Jairus Byrd "yet."

The Eagles have had a gaping hole at safety ever since Brian Dawkins left and Byrd is a true difference maker. But GM Howie Roseman has continually stated his intention not to overspend in free agency, and Byrd is seeking to become the highest paid safety in the game at a minimum of $9 million annually. It would be a surprise if the Eagles got in on the high-stakes bidding here. A free-spending team with a need like the Redskins would make more sense.
Mar 10 - 9:12 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Dolphins are "expressing real interest" in free agent FS Jairus Byrd.

Byrd would upgrade on outgoing FS Chris Clemons, although safety play wasn't a weakness in Miami last year. RapSheet reports the Fins are "gearing up for another big year in free agency." Miami committed a four-year, $32 million deal to LCB Brent Grimes, and is expected to fork over $9.5 million annually to LT Branden Albert on Tuesday. Byrd will command $10 million per year.
Mar 9 - 9:42 PM

The Browns did not inquire about free agent FS Jairus Byrd on the first day of the NFL's negotiating period.

The dots connect Byrd to the Browns due to his ties to coach Mike Pettine, but to this point Cleveland hasn't shown substantive interest. The Rams did contact Byrd on Saturday, though they are in far worse cap condition than the Browns. There's still plenty of time for Cleveland to enter the Byrd bidding.
Mar 9 - 2:03 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Rams have inquired on free agent Jairus Byrd.

The Rams had some of the worst safety play in the league last season and Byrd would be a major upgrade over Rodney McLeod. In addition to St. Louis, Byrd has also been linked to the Browns and hasn't ruled out a return to Buffalo. Byrd is reportedly seeking an average annual salary of at least $9 million per season.
Mar 8 - 8:02 PM

Free agent FS Jairus Byrd is reportedly seeking an average annual salary of at least $9 million per season.

That would make Byrd the highest paid safety in the game. Dashon Goldson got a five-year, $41.25 million deal from the Bucs a year ago, Eric Weddle signed a five-year, $40 million deal with the Chargers in 2011 and Eric Berry's rookie deal will pay him $8.41 million in 2014. Byrd is a good bet to get what he wants thanks to the rapidly rising salary cap and growing need for an elite center fielder in today's NFL. The Browns and former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine could show interest.
Mar 6 - 9:03 AM