Jairus Byrd excited by prospect of playing for New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd says that he is "prepared" for the challenge of playing for a side with playoff aspirations.

New Orleans Saints free safety Jairus Byrd has admitted that he is excited at the prospect of playing for a team with the ability to win games.

Byrd spent five seasons with the Buffalo Bills until he joined the Saints last month, but he never experienced a season in which his team won more than six games and has never appeared in the playoffs.

Having signed a six-year, $54m (£32.1m) deal with the Saints, Byrd has stated that he can't wait to get started and help the team reach the post-season.

Speaking at a charity event, Byrd said: "You hear so much about the organisation and how great it is. But to be here, get to meet the people that run the organisation; it's great. It's first class.

"When you prepare at a high level and you don't see the fruits of your labour, that's a tough thing. I'm certainly looking forward to winning a lot of games with the Saints. I'm prepared for this."

Byrd has been chosen for the Pro Bowl on three occasions and has been named the AFC interceptions leader twice.

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone watches his team during the game against Minnesota Vikings on August 16, 2013
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