The Bills have until next Monday to sign franchise safety Jairus Byrd to a long term contract, and there appears to be very little progress toward getting a deal done.
Byrd's agent Eugene Parker told 2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni via email Thursday night there was "nothing new to report on the Jairus Byrd front."
The Bills made the pro bowl safety their franchise player this offseason. That would provide him with a one year deal worth just over $6.9-million. Byrd has elected not to sign his franchise tender, in hopes of negotiating for a long term contract.
The deadline for franchise players to sign a long term deal comes up next Monday. After that, Byrd would only be able to sign or negotiate for a one year deal until after the season, and there is every reason to believe his holdout would continue into training camp and perhaps the season.
The Bills are scheduled to open training camp July 28th at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.