According to a report from Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington, the Eagles are one of two finalists for free agent safety Jairus Byrd. The other team reported to be in the running is the Washington Redskins.
Sources say it will be between the Eagles or The Redskins for Jairus Byrd #NFLFreeAgency— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) March 11, 2014
Exciting! The Eagles' interest in Byrd seems legitimate. They need a safety and Byrd is the top player on the market. Adam Caplan recently reported that the Eagles inquired about trading for Byrd last season. ESPN's Adam Clayton mentioned yesterday that the Eagles have been talking to Byrd's agent.
It's fun to see two division rivals competing for the same top free agent. Both teams will have a lot of money to offer, and that will ultimately be the deciding factor here. But if the price tag is close, it's possible Byrd will favor playing for a winner. Given the success of the Eagles' in 2013, that could give them the advantage. Then there's this report from Ian Rapoport:
Would be really surprised if #Redskins were in on Jairus Byrd, from what I’m hearing. We’ll see his market. Return to Bills still possible— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
So perhaps the Redskins aren't in on Byrd after all?
It'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds. There's likely more to all of this than we currently know. Stay tuned to BGN for more updates.