I guess everyone was wrong about taking the quiet approach. The New Orleans Saints tapped into their piggy bank this evening, and managed to land arguably the top free agent of 2014. The team announced the signing of former Buffalo Bills safety, Jairus Byrd. The contract is for the next six seasons, and as per ESPN, the deal is worth a maximum of $54 million, with $28 million guaranteed.
“We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd, After meeting with him, we are excited that he will become a member of the New Orleans Saints. We think that his play-making abilities will be an excellent fit with what we are trying to accomplish with our defense and in our secondary.” -Mickey Loomis
Byrd, a second round pick in the 2009 draft (42nd overall), has been making huge plays with the Bills over his tenure. Byrd’s resume is outstanding, which includes being a three-time All-Pro (2009, 2012, 2013), three-time Pro Bowler (2009, 2012, 2013), two-times AFC interceptions leader (2009, 2012), and the NFL All-Rookie Team (2009).
Despite missing five games in 2013, Byrd came back in a big way, finishing with forty-eight tackles, a sack, forced fumble, four interceptions, and six pass defenses.
Byrd will immediately start opposite of second year star Kenny Vaccaro, and now is easily one of the scariest tandems in the NFL. What lack of money?
Mickey Loomis, you are simply, en fuego.
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