Can Buffalo Afford to Let This Byrd Fly the Coop?

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 Jairus Byrd seems all but gone. Today the 4pm Franchise tag deadline passed without the Bills exercising their option to tag one of the best safeties in the league. It’s been clear since last year’s negotiations  with the pro bowl safety took a wrong turn that Byrd’s mind is all but made up. Chances are Byrd will end up signing a lucrative deal with another team, and the bills will be out one of their most talented players and consistent performers in recent memory. Why wouldn't the Bills use the Franchise tag to their advantage? You’re telling me they couldn't have traded him and gotten at least a draft pick? Why would the Bills risk losing one of the best secondary players in the league for nothing?.... Well it’s the Bills.