Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills signed Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension Wednesday.
Impact: The extension locks up Williams through 2018, and comes at a time when the Bills risk losing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.
Wed. Mar 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills have signed Williams to a contract extension thought to be for four years, $26 million, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Impact: Williams has one year left under his rookie deal, so he's now under contract through the 2018 season. If Jairus Byrd, who was not given the franchise tag, is not re-signed, then Williams becomes the top safety for the Bills. He came into his own last season once the team astutely switched him from cornerback to safety.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills chose not to give Jairus Byrd the franchise tag Monday, which could open the door for Williams to become the team's top safety, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: Williams, a former 34th overall pick who struggled early in his career as a cornerback, really came around in the team's new defense last season, where he played mostly safety. He recorded 82 total tackles, four picks, and 11 passes defensed in 14 games. It sounds like more good things are in store for 2014.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills have chosen not to use the franchise tag to retain safety Jairus Byrd, a decision that allows the three-time Pro Bowl player to become an unrestricted free agent.
Impact: The decision was announced by the team shortly before the NFL deadline to apply the tag arrived Monday And it came after the two sides were unable to negotiate a long-term contract.
Mon. Mar 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills have elected not to franchise Byrd (back), WGR550.com reports.
Impact: 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.
Mar 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Bills are reportedly unlikely to sign Byrd in advance of free agency, wgr550.com reports.
Impact: 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.