Byrd to be tagged as last resort (update- tagged see separate thread)
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:46 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:56 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:58 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:59 AM
I hope they get Landry and keep Byrd, but I see what you are saying. But they could plug LB and WR with draft choices.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:05 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:21 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:22 AM
To me it all boils down to how much they value being great at Safety. In other words is it better to invest in a free agent LB so we have one good one, invest in one good safety, one good pass rusher, etc? Or is there more value in being totally solidified in one area? I don't know the answer but I believe Pettine will figure it out.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:27 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:42 AM
The issue is both understand the position the Bills are in. Unless there is a "want to play for the Bills" attitude by one of them before the deadline, the reality exists that one leaves. I too believe it will be Levitre.
The only other scenario I see possibly playing out is if Byrd starts to believe the reports he will be franchised and is willing to sign prior to a negotiation process under the tag. Then of course we could franchise Levitre. To me the linchpin behind this comming to fruition is Byrd signing. I believe Levitre is dead set on testing the market.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:47 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:52 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:56 AM
then peerless price.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:59 AM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:00 PM
That is why it doesn't make sense to sign Landry. We have too many priorities to take care of and not enough funds to take care of it with.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:04 PM
Over the last 10 years, there have been three times when the Bills have let their DB with the best combination of youth + proven accomplishment go first-contract-and-out. After that happens, they'll typically use early picks on replacements for the departing DBs.
Another possibility is to hold onto one's best DBs for the entirety of their useful careers. Other than McGee, I can't think of a particularly good Bills' DB who remained with the team for an extended length of time. (At least not in the last 15+ years.)
The fact that they seem interested in holding onto Byrd (as opposed to letting him go first-contract-and-out) is a good thing.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:11 PM
Yeah, it's a bitch to invest so much in our Pro Bowl caliber players. Better to spend those dollars on the mediocrities...
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:18 PM
thats what i was trying to say but apparently didnt do a very good job. byrd should realize he has less leverage than levitre bc he plays at a position that is harder to replace, so he should be aware the bills are certain to franchise him if he doesnt sign. in that case, theres really no reason for him to not get down to business and just get the contract done. most players dont like being in limbo so he might instruct his agent to just get on with it
thats pretty iffy though and he might not mind just sitting back and letting it unfold. if thats the case then yeah the bills likely lose the oppty to put similar pressure on levitre. thats why ive said since the middle of last season its most likely that we are going to lose levitre. if they cant franchise him i just dont think its a good idea to overpay at this time and they should let him cash in huge with somebody else