Jairus Byrd to the New Orleans Saints

Some have scoffed at the notion of paying $54 million, including $28 million, over six years to a safety -- and I'm sure a handful of NFL general managers were in that group. But the position has become more important in today's pass-happy NFL, and rangy, versatile safeties are hard to find. Byrd is no Ed Reed when it comes to covering ground, but he does have great instincts and ball skills.<br>
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( Kevin Hoffman, US PRESSWIRE / December 22, 2011 )

Some have scoffed at the notion of paying $54 million, including $28 million, over six years to a safety -- and I'm sure a handful of NFL general managers were in that group. But the position has become more important in today's pass-happy NFL, and rangy, versatile safeties are hard to find. Byrd is no Ed Reed when it comes to covering ground, but he does have great instincts and ball skills.

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