If Jairus Byrd wants to be traded, Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles should be frothing at the mouth like a rabid dog on steroids. I’m not saying overpay for him, but they should at least be on the phone and seeing what kind of deal there is to be made.
New reports started surfacing yesterday saying that Byrd and his agent are trying to engineer a trade from the Bills by the NFL trade deadline, which is October 29th.
With the Eagles’ free safety position still unsettled, it’s a no-brainer that there should be interest in finding out if the Bills are indeed willing to trade Byrd.
Chip Kelly named Nate Allen as the starter, but said that Earl Wolff will play a lot as well. It sounds like Allen won the job only because he has experience, not because he is ultimately the better player.
They also kept five safeties on the roster and signed two more to the practice squad. Obviously, the safety position is a concern when you have to invest quantity over quality in a specific position.
Byrd was a second round draft pick in 2009 and will turn just 27 next month. Per the rankings of Pro Football Focus, he has been a top-three safety for the past two seasons. In his four year career, he has 18 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, 308 tackles and 10 forced fumbles.
The Bills also have a history of trading franchise-type players that they couldn’t work out deals with. In 2009, they traded Jason Peters to Philly and in 2003 they traded franchise-tagged WR Peerless Price to Atlanta.
What makes this a little more intriguing is the fact that Chip Kelly appears to have at least a little preference to former Oregon Ducks. Byrd just so happened to play his college ball at Oregon and Kelly was the offensive coordinator for Byrd’s final two seasons there before he entered the draft.
Hell, this sounds like a match made in Philadelphia football heaven!
Trade compensation would be the hardest part to figure out. Byrd is a top safety and the Eagles have a serious need, but Byrd is also dealing with plantar fasciitis — which is a condition that requires rest and could bother him all season.
But, I say be-damned with the fasciitis. That wouldn’t deter me from trading for him at all.
The question is, how will this injury affect trade negotiations? Buyers will want to pay less but it’s also not the type of injury that will affect his longevity or future production.
The Bills will probably be looking for at least a second-round pick. That seems fair for a player who can have a huge impact on this defense for the next four years or so. If it only costs a third-rounder, then the deal should have been done yesterday.
If Buffalo is crazy enough to ask for a first-rounder, then no deals will be made. Teams will be hesitant to give up a second-rounder, but given what Byrd can do for the Birds, I’d pull the trigger on that deal.