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

Jairus Bryd Should Be A Target For The Kansas City Chiefs In Free Agency


Now that the Super Bowl is over, it’s officially the start of the off season and there’s always a ton of buzz surrounding the NFL free agency.

As the Seattle Seahawks have just shown, the best way to build a team is through the NFL draft, but, they also showed that a few key free agent signings and trades can be the difference between just winning playoff games and winning a Super Bowl. Cliff Avril and Percy Harvin are two names that come to mind.

The Kansas City Chiefs have one of the most talented rosters from top to bottom, and if they could add a few pieces via free agency, we could be talking about a legitimate championship caliber team next season. That’s why John Dorsey should have his sights set on free safety, Jairus Byrd.

Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Byrd is exactly what the Chiefs need on the back end of their defense. He can cover both sides of the field with tremendous speed, and has some of the best ball skills in the league.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd round (42nd overall) in the 2009 draft and has already been named to three Pro Bowls. In his short career, Byrd has intercepted 22 passes, 9 of which came his rookie year, forced 11 fumbles and scored 2 touchdowns. Needless to say, he’s going to be on a lot of teams radars once free agency starts.

The Bills placed the franchise tag on him back in March of 2013, something that Byrd wasn’t too fond of. Even after he did sign his $6.9 million dollar tender, he spoke publicly about the Bills trading him.

It’s hard to say exactly what Byrd will be looking for as far as contract numbers go, but you would have to think it would be amongst the tops at his position which would be between $6-8 million per year.

The Chiefs are facing some cap issues and are going to have to let some key players walk. Guys like Quintin Demps and Husain Abdullah, both free agents, could possibly be offered starting contracts by other teams. Both of those players were playing on one-year veteran salaries any way, but their production to this team will be missed.

Branden Albert is certainly gone as well, freeing up even more cap space for the Chiefs to work with. Kansas City should be an attractive place to play for a player like Byrd considering they have all-pro talent at all three levels of the defense.

If the Chiefs can work the cap to land a free agent of his caliber, their pitch to Byrd should be that he’s the missing piece. He is the guy that can solidify the KC secondary. Imagine, Eric Berry, Jairus Byrd, Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper all sharing the same defensive backfield. Sounds like a scary group to face.

The Chiefs got worked over the top, and underneath, towards the end of the season and Jairus Byrd could easily be the man to fill that void.

Some might argue that receiver is more of a need than secondary for the Chiefs. That may be true, but in the NFL today, you can never have enough “elite” caliber players on defense.

It’s not often a team loses one of the best players at his position when he’s entering the prime of his career, much like Detroit did with Cliff Avril, who signed with Seattle last year and stepped up big for them in the Super Bowl.

If the Kansas City Chiefs can find the cap space, Jairus Byrd should be the top free agent on their board.

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  • Travis Forsyth

    Whether they sign Bryd in FA or land Ha Ha Clinton Dix in the draft I’ll be happy with either one

  • Bigchief

    Make it happen Dorsey he’s a proven safety

  • andy

    This won’t go over good on this site, but here goes. My eye is on two years from now when we will be prime to win. Why?? One, manning will be gone and the west will be ours. Two,rour schedule next year is brutal even for a good team. We will be lucky to get 10 wins. So let’s not go out and bog down our already minimal cap space with to many fa. Let’s see what this year and last year’s draft have for us.

    • Travis Forsyth

      I think your spot on, i don’t think kc gets more than 6 to 9 wins. As long as kc says in 2nd place in the west and gets back to the playoffs and wins a playoff game, 2014 will be a successful year….only time will tell though..

  • cyberry

    He would cost a lot of money..Something to remember.. Charles needs a raise and so will Justin Houston in the next couple of years.. Really besides Alex Smith ..who has came to KC to make a splash. Devito did a good job but he not long term..Sean Smith and Anthony Fasano didn’t quit live up to their pay check. But I still think things should work out with them. Avery probably plays one more year then gone..he showed flashes but i don’t the consistence is there.. Duante Robinson was a waste…

    Free agents.. just don’t seem to work out here.. BUT our draft picks do.. look at the year before..
    Sounded good on paper.. Stanford Route, Eric Winston, Kevin Boss, Peyton Hillis and Brady Quinn.. geez..

    I just don’t want them to though money away.. There is great locker room chemistry..I would hate to see that screwed up.. Charles base salary is only 2.5 M and Houston is only getting 625,000 in his last year of his contract… Save the money for the BACKBONE and future already on this team..