According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Bills safety Jairus Byrd will not be reporting to training camp as he continues to hold out for a new contract.
The Bills and Jairus Byrd have not made progress on a new contract, and he will not report to St. John Fisher College this weekend for the start of training camp, two sources with knowledge of the stalemate have told me.
Byrd, a two-time Pro Bowl safety, technically is not staging a holdout and cannot be fined for missing practices because he’s not under contract. He’s the last of eight NFL players to have not signed their franchise tag.
Byrd is going to be sitting out for a while since the Bills can’t sign him to an extension until after the season since he’s been designated as their franchise player. The Bills ultimately want to see how he plays in new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s system.