The New Orleans Saints have reached a six-year agreement with former Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Saints reached agreement with S Jairus Byrd on a six-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2014
Byrd, a former second-rounder out of Oregon, had spent the last five seasons with the Buffalo Bills, posting 22 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, 33 passes defensed and 356 tackles. Approaching free agency in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent, the Bills slapped the franchise tag on Byrd that gave him $6.9 million in guaranteed money.
Various reports suggested that Byrd was asking for something in the $9-10 million range, virtually scaring off some teams. However, the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins as interested parties.
Byrd is the only signing that the Saints have made on Tuesday.