Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) celebrates his first half interception against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Top free agents speculation: Jairus Byrd – What would he look like in Green Bay?


Continuing this series focusing on free agency, we set our sights on an article by’s Chris Wesseling on the top 25 free agents.

It got me to thinking, “Who on this list would fit in with the Green Bay Packers and what would it look like?”

(Note: All of these articles are simply speculation as we consider the players on this list and what might be the case if they became Packers; we’re not convinced that Ted Thompson would sign any of them – but it’s fun to think that way anyway)

The fourth player on the list, and the one we need and want the most, is Mr. Jairus Byrd.

Byrd is the first free agent we have come across that almost definitely will not be back with his team, the Buffalo Bills, and could actually be a target of Ted Thompson. Byrd is a top NFL safety who was not happy with being franchised by the Bills last season and held out five games before returning. Byrd has played five seasons for the Bills and racked up 22 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns, and 33 passes defensed to go along with 256 tackles. Byrd finished the season with four picks and 37 tackles.

Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins during player announcements prior to the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Byrd is a ballhawk, something the Packers lack (maybe Sam Shields? But even he is a free agent – more on that later). The Packers defensive back end has been porous since the neck injury to Nick Collins. In order to be able to compete in this passing league, the Packers need a presence roaming the secondary that will remind them not to throw the ball. M.D. Jennings, Morgan Burnett, and Sean Richardson aren’t going to cut it.

I believe if the Packers were to sign Byrd it would immediately improve the safety position and make it a position of stability. By that, the pass rush would “improve” given a quarterback would have to take just a second or two longer in order to make a completion, which could result in sacks as well as turnovers (fumbles/interceptions).

Packer fans, call on the powers that be to sign Jairus Byrd! Until then, comment below (keep it clean, please), on your thoughts on a Green and Gold Byrd.

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  • fatalflaw

    If he wouldn’t break the bank. How will the return of Hayward affect the secondary and draft/free agent considerations?

  • White Rabbit

    I think signing Jarius Byrd would be nice if he fit the locker room. A hold out of five games because he doesn’t like where he is, that’s not professional and sounds like he’d be a cancer in the locker room. I’d rather see the money spent on a guy like TJ Ward out of Cleveland. He will likely cost less, could be stolen from the Browns and best of all grades out better than Byrd according to PFF. Finally, Ward has 3-4 experience, not that the front changes much for the backfield, but the calls and alignments matter when you are the one making those calls.

  • billy

    May as well wish for a time-machine to go back and get Collins pre-injury…Ted isnt doing this…TJ Ward would be cheaper and that wont happen either…don’t ya know, Ted “likes his guys”…….

  • PackFan86

    The reason Byrd & TJ Ward have almost no chance of coming to GB is because our secondary would consist of a high paid Burnett, a high paid $8 mil T. Williams, a probably $7-8 mil S. Shields and another $7-9 mil safety in Byrd or Ward, with C. Hayward needing to get paid in a couple yrs. I’m worried about Shields getting stolen from us. In the event that he does leave, what do you guys think of us signing a probable “salary cap casualty” in Antonio Cromartie? He was banged up all year but when motivated is a #1 CB on a team? His size would match up with Bears & Lions tall WR’s….

    • D loc

      We need a big hitter at safety

      • PackFan86

        Well Donte “Hittner” is available but he is a liability in coverage & I feel we need a good tackler& not just a guy who can knock your head off when you come across the middle.