Bills Don't Use Franchise Tag on Jairus Byrd

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM EDT

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Bills Don't Use Franchise Tag on Jairus Byrd

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM EDT

Orchard Park (WKBW) The Buffalo Bills announced late Monday afternoon that the team will not use the franchise tag on Safety Jairus Byrd. Byrd can now test the open market and sign with another team as an unrestricted free agent starting on March 11th.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley released the following statement. "We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension. We remain open to getting a deal done with Jairus, but we have chosen not to use the franchise tag on any of our impending unrestricted free agents"

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