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Bills Lose Byrd To New Orleans

Keep kicker Carpenter
The Bills seemed resigned to losing Jairus Byrd ever since they decided against applying the franchise tag to the star safety for a second season. 

It was for good reason. Byrd lasted all of five hours on the free agent market. 

Byrd signed a six-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday night. New Orleans was the first and only team Byrd visited. 

The deal will pay Byrd a reported 54 million dollars with 28 guaranteed. At nine million per season, it's what most thought Byrd desired in a long term contract. 

Byrd thanked the Bills and their fans for the support he received during his five years in Buffalo. "This is a great opportunity to join a championship organization," Byrd said in a statement. 

The Bills did keep a free agent on Tuesday. Buffalo re-signed kicker Dan Carpenter to a four-year contract. Carpenter likely would have signed sooner, but NFL rules mandated that both sides wait until the start of free agency at 4pm Tuesday. 

Carpenter never had plans to go anywhere else. 

"It’s a great organization. My wife and I very much enjoyed everyone that we’ve met here, worked with here and the fans are great," Carpenter said. "Even when I was playing against Buffalo in my Miami days I’ve always recognized how great the fans have been here and their support of the Bills. For us it was a no brainer to come back to Buffalo. We were comfortable and loved it here last year. To be able to go back somewhere and be wanted where you would like to go, you’re very fortunate in this league for that to happen. We’re very happy to be here and excited to see where it goes."

The Bills also re-signed tight end Mike Caussin. Buffalo released quarterback Kevin Kolb after he failed his physical. It's rumored Kolb may retire because of concerns about repeated concussions. 
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