PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Buffalo Bills announced late Tuesday night that Jairus Byrd signed his contract as the team's designated franchise player.
Byrd was tagged as the Bills franchise player on March 1, but he declined to sign while the team tried to negotiate a long-term deal. Once the deadline passed for a long-term pact, Byrd was faced with having to sign a one-year deal.
Instead of signing right away, he opted to skip training camp. According to the Bills' website, he will also miss the final day of training camp on Wednesday, before reporting to One Bills Drive this Thursday.
The contract guarantees his salary of $6.9 million for this season.
NFL.com is reporting his deal does not include any language that would prohibit the Bills from tagging Byrd as a franchise player again next year, in case the two sides are unable to work out a long-term contract after this season.
The Bills were in the dark about Byrd's intentions as recently as Tuesday morning, with General Manager Doug Whaley telling the media that he had no idea when Byrd would report.
Now, he will have the task of learning the Bills' defense as soon as possible, with the season opener less than three weeks away.
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