Brendan Maloy
Tuesday March 4th, 2014

Jarius Byrd had 4 interception and 37 tackles for the Bills in 2013. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Jarius Byrd had four interception and 37 tackles for the Bills in 2013. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Safety Jairus Byrd says he is still communicating with the Buffalo Bills after the team declined to use its franchise tag on him, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.

ESPN's Mike Rodak reports that Byrd harbors no ill will against his former team, and would welcome the opportunity to continue playing in Buffalo.

"The lines of communication are still open. I've talked to [CEO] Russ [Brandon] and [general manager] Doug [Whaley] a couple days ago. We're talking. So it's not anything that's hard feelings or anything like that. The conversations that we've had, we know what's going on. We're all on the same page. We'll go from here."

Byrd received the franchise tag from the team prior to last season and sat out all of training camp in protest before joining the team.

SI WIRE: Saints GM Mickey Loomis hopeful team will work out a long-term deal with Jimmy Graham The Associated Press reported that talks between Byrd and the front office had stopped after Byrd rejected an offer that would pay him $30 million over the next three seasons.

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