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Jairus Byrd | Defensive Back | #31

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 203
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (42) / BUF
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The Saints could restructure FS Jairus Byrd’s contract.
Byrd’s $6 million salary is fully guaranteed, but the Saints might look to reduce his $10.9 million cap hit. It would be the second straight year Byrd's contract was reworked after he converted his roster bonus into a signing bonus last season. Byrd has played in just 17 games the past two years. Mar 26 - 2:55 PM

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$6 million of Saints FS Jairus Byrd's base salary for 2016 became fully guaranteed on Wednesday.

Wednesday marks the third day of the new waiver period. Byrd inked a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints in 2014. So far, he hasn't been worth the money. Byrd tore his meniscus early in the 2014 campaign and was part of a New Orleans secondary that allowed 284 passing yards per game this past season. Cutting him would have cost the Saints $11.4 million in dead money.
Feb 10 - 5:06 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is probable for Week 4 against the Cowboys.

Byrd hasn't played since suffering a season-ending knee surgery in Week 4 last year. He'll immediately slide in as the starting free safety. Kenny Phillips started there in Weeks 2 and 3.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) reportedly participated in some portion of practice Wednesday.

Byrd was active in the portion of practice open to the media, but he was listed as a non-participant on the official injury report. Byrd is still unlikely to play this week, but it looks like Week 4 is a possibility.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 08:59:00 AM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) has been ruled out for Week 2.

Byrd has yet to practice and was never expected to play. Early reports suggested he could return by Week 3. With Rafael Bush on I.R., the Saints will start Jamarca Sanford opposite Kenny Vaccaro.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 07:21:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Saints don't expect FS Jairus Byrd (knee) to play until "Week 2 or 3."

Werder also passes along news that constant "swelling" in Byrd's knee is what prevented him from practicing in training camp. Byrd missed all but four games in 2014 with a knee injury. The Saints will open the season with Rafael Bush and Kenny Vaccaro at safety. They're also missing top CB Keenan Lewis.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 08:12:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is expected to practice this week.

Byrd tore his meniscus a month into his first season with the Saints and has been brought along extremely slowly. He missed the entire preseason and training camp but avoided reserve/PUP, suggesting a return is imminent. Don't expect Byrd roaming centerfield Week 1. Rafael Bush is likely to fill in against Arizona.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 09:00:00 AM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was not placed on the PUP list Saturday.

The implication is that New Orleans expects him back in less than six weeks, which is how long Byrd would have had to sit out had he gone on PUP. The 28-year-old has yet to resume practicing after missing most of last season with a torn meniscus. Look for Rafael Bush to start at free safety in Week 1 at Arizona.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 09:23:00 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said the PUP list is a "serious consideration" for S Jarius Byrd (knee).

The Saints expected Byrd to return to practice before the end of the preseason, but he has yet to see the field. The details of Byrd's injury are not known, but he is believed to be dealing with complications from the torn meniscus which caused him to miss all but four games last season. Byrd signed a six-year, $54 million contract last offseason.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 10:08:00 AM

The Saints expect FS Jairus Byrd (knee) to return before the end of preseason.

Byrd hasn’t been seen at training camp for over a week, but is making progress away from the team. He has an outside chance to see preseason action. Byrd is on track to be ready for Week 1.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd (undisclosed) remains sidelined at camp.

Byrd's absence was assumed to be related to last year's knee injury, but that's apparently not definitively the case. ESPN's Mike Triplett calls his absence thus far the "most disappointing development in Saints camp." Nevertheless, coach Sean Payton is projecting optimism about Byrd's status. "There's a progression to it," Payton said of Byrd's recovery. "Land-based movements, walk-throughs. ... Fortunately there haven't been any setbacks, and I think that's encouraging."
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Coach Sean Payton expects FS Jairus Byrd (knee) to return "sooner than later."

"I think he’s progressing well," Payton said. "We are going to be smart." Byrd opened training camp on active/PUP. The Saints have moved him along slowly from his 2014 torn meniscus. Byrd’s Week 1 status isn’t in doubt.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 07:49:00 PM

Saints placed FS Jairus Byrd (meniscus) on the active/PUP list.

Byrd was reportedly "full go" in OTAs, but the Saints are going to bring him along slowly nevertheless. With Byrd going on 29 and sporting an increasingly-long injury history, the Saints have zero reason to rush him. The Saints badly need a bounce-back campaign from their high-priced defensive back as they look to move on from last year's subpar safety play.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 05:19:00 PM

Saints FS Jairus Byrd is "full go" in OTAs.

Byrd will likely skip the occasional practice between now and training camp, but he'll be ready to rock when the Saints report to The Greenbrier on July 29. Byrd was a major disappointment in 2014 before tearing his lateral meniscus, and needs to bounce back in a big way in the second season of his six-year, $54 million contract.
Thu, May 28, 2015 01:14:00 PM

The Saints converted Jairus Byrd's $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

It's a win win because New Orleans saves $4.8 million against the cap and Byrd doesn't lose any money. Byrd's bonus will now be spread out over the next five seasons. The Saints are still way over the cap, but this helps in the short-term. In the long-term, GM Mickey Loomis keeps kicking the can down the line.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 08:34:00 AM

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