Rumours have flown around the Bills blogosphere about Jairus Byrd’s apparent desire to be traded following an offseason that saw him and the Bills reach an impasse in long-term contract negotiations prior to the franchise player deadline on July 15.
In an appearance Wednesday morning on WGR Sportsradio 550 (you can listen here), Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon denied any reports of a trade request by Byrd.
Brandon would not go as far as to deny that the club may consider a deal by another club, but did iterate that moving Byrd was not something in their plans.
“You always listen to anything from your fellow clubs, but that is not in our topic of conversation in our building right now,” said Brandon
The comments from Brandon are essentially a “duh” to anyone that thinks in a rational way, any team will listen on any player, it’s only best business practice, listening by no means can be equated to “shopping” or “will actually trade”, it means exactly what it is, listening what other clubs have to say.
The CEO also emphasized that the Bills goal remains the same in regards to Byrd, they would like him signed to a long-term contract extension. Whether or not Byrd and the Bills will ever see eye to eye on his value however remains to be seen. According to NFL rules, the Bills will not be able to sign Byrd to any extension until after the regular season, but that does not mean that negotiations will not be ongoing.