This story was originally published Sept. 13, 2014.
The moment was classic Fred Jackson.
In overtime last Sunday, the oldest player on the Buffalo Bills roster – the oldest running back in the NFL by 10 months – took a handoff, burst through the line untouched, cut up the left sideline and dashed deep into Chicago Bears territory.
Already a game-sealing play, what…
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills signed Corey Graham for his versatility.
We didn't know how much versatility they saw.
Graham has been a Pro Bowl special-teams player, a respected slot cornerback and good enough to start at regular cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
We were aware of all that.
This morning, Bills coach Doug Marrone revealed the Tu…
From what Fred Smerlas witnessed during his time with the Buffalo Bills, trainer Bud Carpenter deserved a Nobel Prize.
"Bud Carpenter helped a guy with one brain cell walk around for three years," Smerlas said, referring to his frequent foil, former Bills coach Hank Bullough.
"Hank should be a protected species. How many people can talk, breathe and eat with one brain ce…
New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd's contract has been filed with the NFL Players Association, providing a look into how his money will be broken down over the next six years.
The total money is $54 million, with $27.9 million in guarantees. His signing bonus, which gets prorated for salary-cap purposes, was for $11 million.
Byrd's base salary for this year will be fu…
Jairus Byrd can be diplomatic only to a point.
The Pro Bowl safety claimed he hadn't ruled out a return to the Buffalo Bills until he actually signed his lucrative New Orleans Saints contract.
He tempered his praise for the Saints organization with avowals that it shouldn't reflect poorly on the Bills.
He stressed his appreciation for the Bills and their fans by posting…
Jairus Byrd was enamored with the idea of the New Orleans Saints enough to make them his first free-agent visit.
And they were enamored enough with the former Buffalo Bills safety to make sure he didn't leave Tuesday night.
The Saints signed Byrd to a six-year contract worth $54 million and nearly $28 million in guarantees, including an $11 million signing bonus.
The New Orleans Saints' website has posted a statement from newly signed safety Jairus Byrd:
"I first want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization and the great fans of Buffalo for their support during my time there.
"I think there are great things to come here in New Orleans, and I'm excited to join this team. We played against the Saints this year and I saw their style …
The New Orleans Saints announced tonight they have signed safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year contract.
Byrd went to three Pro Bowls for the Buffalo Bills under three head coaches and three defensive coordinators.
Byrd will be paired with Saints sophomore Kenny Vaccaro, forming one of the NFL's most im…
Not all contracts are inked minutes after the NFL throws its free-agency doors open for business.
Some players visit a team before signing there.
New Orleans Times Picayune writer Larry Holder reported the Buffalo Bills' top free agent, Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, will visit with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. (Update: The Buffalo News has independently confirmed …
Buffalo Bills General Manager has revealed some of the team's thinking in not using the franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd.
In an interview with Toronto Sun reporter John Kryk, Whaley claimed the Bills are using the "If you love something, set it free; if it comes back, it's yours; if it doesn't come back, it was never meant to be" approach.
Whaley from his Q&a…
Is it possible Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd could wear a Buffalo Bills uniform again next year?
Although he seemed to send out mixed signals, Byrd did claim in separate interviews with ESPN today he could re-sign with the Bills despite their inability to hammer out a long-term deal over the past 13 months.
The Bills declined to use their franchise tag on Byrd for a second…
Where will Jairus Byrd find his next perch?
The Buffalo Bills today declined to use their franchise tag on Byrd for a second straight year, sending the three-time Pro Bowler off toward unrestricted free agency.
This shouldn't be considered a comprehensive list or used for betting purposes. But let's take a look at some potential landing spots for Byrd:
Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has released a statement about the club's decision not use its franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd or anyone else:
"We have negotiated with representation for Jairus Byrd for more than a year, but have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension. We remain open to getting a deal done with Jairus, but we have chosen not to use…
The Buffalo Bills will not use their franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, and he will become a free agent.
The Bills tried to sign Byrd to a multiyear extension over the weekend but couldn't make enough headway to feel comfortable that the franchise tag would've made a difference.
The Bills still can re-sign Byrd. Other teams aren't allowed to negotiate with Byr…
A day before the franchise-tag deadline, reports claim the Buffalo Bills have offered to make Jairus Byrd the NFL's highest-paid safety.
Fans, as to be expected, feel jilted. How could Byrd turn down such a handsome offer?
I'm not going to pretend to know what the Bills offered Byrd, but I can tell you this:
Teams and agents can make a contract appear as sensational or …