During an appearance on ESPN's NFL Live on Tuesday, upcoming free agent safety Jairus Byrd was asked by host Trey Wingo about the possibility of playing for the Green Bay Packers, one of several teams he was asked about.
"It would be a good opportunity there as well," said Byrd. "Any time you have those places that have high-potent offenses that can put up points on the board, it always bodes well for a defensive back, because you have an opportunity to get the ball back to those quarterbacks to get more points on the board."
Byrd is considered the top safety and one of the top overall players in this year's class of free agent, but whether the Packers will be willing to get into bidding for a top-dollar safety is another matter.
The Buffalo Bills chose not to place the franchise tag on Byrd like they did the previous season, which would have paid him a one-year salary of $8.4 million.
Byrd is likely looking for a deal that will pay him in excess of the franchise tag value, perhaps as high as a deal averaging $10 million per season, although the more years and the more guaranteed dollars he receives, that number could go down.
Teams can start negotiating with free agents on March 8, although no contracts can be signed until March 11.
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