Russ Brandon still hopeful of agreeing new Jairus Byrd contract

Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills warm up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 23, 2012
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Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon is still hoping to agree a new contract for safety Jairus Byrd despite last season's talks ending in a stalemate.

Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon has revealed that he is still hopeful of agreeing a new contract with safety Jairus Byrd.

Byrd's current deal runs out during the off-season and attempts to agree an extension were unsuccessful last season, with the 27-year-old eventually playing under the franchise tag for the 2013 campaign.

However, Brandon is keen to start afresh in new talks over a contract for the three-time Pro Bowler and is hopeful that this time they can be more successful.

"It's a process and there's no carryover. You start over again and you try to get something done. We just weren't able to come up with a solution that worked for both parties, so you reset it and start again," Brandon told The AP.

"We all are hoping to get a deal done and we're going to do the exact same thing this time, work our tails off to try to get another one done."

Byrd recorded a joint team-high four interceptions as well as a sack and a forced fumble last season, despite missing the first five games of the campaign.

Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills warm up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 23, 2012
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