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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