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Jairus Byrd's impending release adds intriguing option to safety pool

INDIANAPOLIS – Buffalo sports fans love a good reunion.

Could one be on the way between the Bills and safety Jairus Byrd? That possibility is expected to open up when the NFL's new league year starts March 9. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Saints are expected to release Byrd just three years into a six-year deal.


Byrd spent the first five seasons of his career in Buffalo before bolting for New Orleans. His time with the Saints was plagued by injuries, and as a result, he never came close to living up to the contract that had a potential value of more than $50 million.

There are a few obvious ties when considering whether a reunion would make sense, the biggest being that Byrd's father, Gill, is the Bills' new secondary coach. There is also a big positional need, which could grow depending on what happens with Aaron Williams and Corey Graham, both of whom carry big salary-cap numbers.

Byrd, 30, got benched early in the 2016 season by Saints coach Sean Payton, but rebounded to play well down the stretch, making two interceptions in Week 16. He played in all 16 games in 2016 after combining to play in just 17 the previous two seasons.

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