Pittsford (WKBW) Jairus Byrd hasn't attended a single practice here at St. John Fisher College this summer but the Pro Bowl safety is the talk of training camp on this the final day of practice.
Byrd signed his 1-year franchise tender late on Tuesday night. He is expected to rejoin the team in Orchard Park on Thursday a day after training camp breaks in Pittsford.
"We are thrilled to have Jairus back", said Bills President/CEO Russ Brandon on Wednesday morning.. "As I've said from day one we'd be excited when he got here. He'll be here soon, and we look forward to seeing him. He's had a couple great years for us and we look forward to him having another great year. ", Brandon continued.
Once Byrd rejoins the team he will be playing catchup after missing all of OTAs and all of training camp."He's going to have to spend a lot of time with coach Pettine and learn the scheme.", said Brandon. "He's a very intelligent player I'm sure he'll pick it up quick but he will get a crash course.", Brandon continued.
Byrd will play the 2013 season on a 1-year contract but Brandon hopes to have the veteran safety in the fold for years to come.
"There is nothing personal in this at all. He's a great Bill.", said Brandon. "We weren't able to come to an agreement before the July 15th deadline but as soon as we can go back to work on that our goal is to Jairus here long term." Brandon continued.
Meanwhile Byrd's teammates were also happy to hear the news on Tuesday night. "He's a playmaker.", said running back C.J. Spiller.
"We're very excited once he gets back with us. I'm pretty sure the "Byrd Man" will be ready to go. He's just one of those key additions to help us get to where we are trying to get to.", Spiller continued.
"It helps the team out alot." added safety Aaron Williams. "When you have a Pro Bowler come back and his skill level and knowledge of the game not only helps me but the secondary guys. Byrd is a great leader for us. We are all excited to have him back.:, continued Williams.
Williams says he's looking forward to picking Byrd's brain as he continues his transistion from cornerback to safety. "It's just going to up my game a lot more.", said Williams. " With him actually being here he can really help me out. Really pick up things that I need to work on in being a safety. Not only with me but with Searcy and other guys behind us. It's just real great to have a real experienced guy back. We are a young secondary, especially for me and my position change. To actually have a guy that has been there before and been in the game will help us a lot. ", finished Williams.