Bills assigned the franchise tag to FS Jairus Byrd.
Team president Russ Brandon stated the Bills would only use the tag as a last resort, so the sides must be far apart in long-term talks. The tag will guarantee Byrd $6.9 million for 2013 once he signs on the dotted line. The sides have until mid-July to hammer out a multi-year pact. One of the league's preeminent ballhawks, keeping Byrd was a no-brainer for the Bills.