According to a report from Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan, disgruntled safety Jairus Byrd and his agent are reportedly trying to orchestrate a trade to get Byrd out of Buffalo before the trade deadline. This obviously has some effect on the Eagles, as they are a team with a dire need for a high level of safety play, something they haven’t had since Brian Dawkins left town.
There are a few things to note when it comes to any potential trade for the Eagles. First and foremost, the organization is switching philosophies to build through the draft rather than pick up big free agents or make big trades. The team may very well be willing to ride out the season with subpar safety play rather than make any big moves.
Second would be the asking price. Any trade would be contingent on Byrd signing a long term deal, and that would likely cost a team upwards of $9 to $10 million per year. This is quite steep for a safety, but as Byrd is one of the top safeties in the league it may be worth while.
You would also have to throw in a high draft pick as well, most likely a 2nd rounder. 2nd round picks are very precious to organizations as you should be able to get an immediate impact player there.
The recent news that Byrd has a plantar fasciitis will also hurt his chances of a team picking him up.
Is Byrd worth a $10 mil a season plus a 2nd round pick? I think so, but I don’t think the Eagles will feel the same.
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