ORCHARD PARK,N .Y. — The future of Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd in Buffalo is in serious jeopardy after the Bills announced it will not use its franchise tag on him.
The Bills had until Monday afternoon to pin the franchise tag on Byrd, which would have kept him with the Bills for one more season for just more than $8 million.
If the Bills and Byrd fail to come to a contract agreement by March 11, he will then hit the market as a free agent.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley says he remains hopeful something can be done by then.
"There's always a chance. The lines of communication are open and we believe with our offer, we'll listen to anything they want to come back with," Whaley said.
Whaley says while many fans were hoping for a tag-and-trade situation, there many moving parts that make doing that much more difficult than it might seem.