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Bills use franchise tag on safety Jairus Byrd

03.01.13 at 1:44 pm ET

The Bills have used their franchise tag on 26-year-old safety Jairus Byrd, whom they’d hoped to sign to a long-term contract but could not get a deal done.

Byrd was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2009 and was named as an injury replacement in 2012. He had five interceptions and 76 tackles (53 solo) last year and finished the year as the NFL’s second-ranked safety.

The $6.9 million tag will keep him around for at least another year as the Bills continue to negotiate with Byrd on a new deal.

Byrd responded to the team’s decision by tweeting a Bible verse along with, “It’s all good!”

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