Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has designated FS Jairus Byrd as its franchise player.
Byrd has started 57 of 62 games played since joining the Bills in 2009 as a second-round (42nd overall) draft selection from Oregon. The two-time Pro Bowl selection ranks tied for third in the NFL since 2009 with 18 interceptions.
Byrd received his second Pro Bowl honor in 2012 in replace of Baltimore FS Ed Reed. He finished the year tied for the AFC-lead with a team-best five interceptions and made 76 tackles (53 solo).
Byrd’s 2009 rookie campaign was highlighted by tying for the league lead with nine interceptions which also set a franchise rookie/first-year player record.