27-Year-Old Safety – New Orleans Saints
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
Byrd doesn't post outrageous tackle numbers, but he might be the most well-rounded DB when it comes to producing in both the tackle and turnover categories, thanks to his career average of 4.5 interce...
Jairus Byrd Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $54 million contract ($28 million guaranteed) with the Saints in March 2014.
Byrd signed a six-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
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Jairus Byrd: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Unless a deal is struck between Byrd and the Bills between now and Mar. 11, the safety is slated to hit free agency. In such a scenario, he'll be one of the most sought-after defenders on the open market, after recording 48 tackles and four picks in 11 games for the Bills this past season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The report indicates that the Bills have already made Byrd a significant offer on a long-term deal, so given that the two sides have not come to terms at this stage, it appears as though the safety is inclined to test the open market. Moreover, the report also suggests that it now appears unlikely that the Bills will apply the franchise tag on Byrd, with a decision on that front due on Monday. The safety is coming off a season in which he recorded 48 tackles and four picks in 11 games for the Bills.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
He’s no George Wilson, but Byrd is one of the best IDP targets among defensive backs entering 2012. A former college cornerback who initially made his mark in the NFL with low-tackle, high-interception totals, Byrd has rounded out his game in the last two years and become a steady source of tackle production, remaining a threat in coverage all the while. Byrd finished 2011 with 98 tackles (75 solo), one sack, three interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles. Byrd strikes a good balance between his early-career interception totals and his recently improved tackle numbers, making him one of the more reliable defensive back targets on the board. His upside is pretty high given that the Bills' defensive line is so good and could be forcing a lot of errant passes.
While Byrd is generally a promising player, his production thus far in his career has been unusual. During his rookie year, he was a magnet when the football was in the air (nine interceptions in 14 games) but was allergic to the ball when someone was running with it (45 tackles). In 2010, Byrd's game inverted as he totaled 89 tackles (62 solo) with just one interception. If he could strike some balance he'd have the look of an elite safety, but until then he carries a bit of risk.
Byrd made the Pro Bowl in an impressive rookie season that ended with nine interceptions, tied for the league high. However, his season also ended early with a torn labrum. He's recovered well and should be close to 100 percent by the time the regular season rolls around. He's expected to start at free safety, where he should be able to continue his ball-hawking ways, which go back far beyond his fine rookie season, though his tackles will probably stay in check because stopping the run really isn't his main weapon right now, plus the Bills have a lot of depth at safety and will rotate frequently.
Byrd was one of the team's two second-round selections in 2009 and was considered one of the top underclassmen corners in the draft. However, he'll switch to safety with the Bills. Right now, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott are the two starters at safety, though eventually the team expects Byrd to earn a starting role. Keep an eye on him if he does, because he has good ball-hawking skills. Byrd intercepted 17 passes, broke up 53 more, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles in three seasons with Oregon.