Saints to release Jairus Byrd

Ross Houston
March 1, 2017

The New Orleans Saints will release high-priced free safety Jarius Byrd when free agency begins March 7, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

By releasing Byrd the Saints will save $3.7 million but still have to designate a large portion of their salary cap towards dead money for Byrd.

Byrd had just three interceptions in three years as a free safety with the Saints, though two of them came in Week 16 last season as he was playing his best football in New Orleans during the second half of the campaign.

The report says the Saints will make the move on the first day of National Football League free agency.

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The Saints will wait until the first day of free agency for cap purposes.

Byrd was going to hit free agency in 2020, but will now hit it in 2017. New Orleans is expected to start 2017 with about $30 million in cap space.

The Saints have not announced the Byrd's pending release.

Byrd was in on 157 tackles in his three seasons with the Saints. Apparently the Saints were ready to move on, though, especially after drafting promising free safety Vonn Bell in the second round previous year.

Throughout his career, Byrd has played at a high level earning three Pro Bowl nods and a First Team All-Pro selection in 2012.

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