Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com believes it’s not out of the question to sign and then trade safety Jarisu Byrd who was hit with the franchise tag this offseason.
I don’t think we can rule out the potential of a sign and trade, but it should be noted that such an option does not exist as long as he has not signed his franchise tender. The Bills have traded a franchise-designated player before. They did it with Peerless Price when they shipped him to Atlanta in exchange for a first-round draft choice back in 2003.
I believe the Bills would prefer to keep Jairus Byrd on the roster long term. Keep in mind there are other options for both sides (e.g. sign one-year tender, wait until end of season to negotiate long term contract, etc.).
I don’t want to get too far into the hypotheticals, but in reference to your ‘what would they trade for’ scenario, a proven starting guard couldn’t hurt.
With training camp opening up in about three weeks, Byrd is expected to hold up until he gets a new contract. Both sides have until July 15th to work something out and it seems like they’re not close to getting anything done. If a new deal can’t get done by then, the Bills won’t be able to sign Byrd until after the season.