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Kristian Garic

Saints Sideline Reporter

"Double Coverage" Co-Host
Weekdays 6am-9am on 3WL 1350-AM

Twitter: @kristiangaric1
Email: kristian@3wl1350.com


Kristian: Hebert says Byrd could be greatest coup in Saints history

The Saints made a huge splash and pulled off perhaps the biggest coup in free agency by agreeing to terms on a 6-year, $54 million dollar agreement with free agent safety Jairus Byrd.  $28 million dollars of the deal is guaranteed. Byrd was widely thought of as the best safety and arguably the best player on the market.  "Byrd could potentially be the Saints greatest defensive free agency signing in franchise history... when free agency is over, he will be the best signing in the conversation!" said WWL's Bobby Hebert. 

READ MORE: Jordan: Byrd joins Saints for 6 year deal

Byrd has 22 career interceptions in 6 seasons with the Bills and made 3 Pro Bowls.  To put that in perspective, former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, T.J Ward (the other hot name on the market) and Donte Whitner combined for 3 Pro Bowls.  "We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd,” said Saints GM Mickey Loomis. “After meeting with him, we are excited that he will become a member of the New Orleans Saints. We think that his play-making abilities will be an excellent fit with what we are trying to accomplish with our defense, and in our secondary.”

READ MORE: Saints official Jairus Byrd press release

The Saints safety is obviously excited to land with New Orleans. “We played against the Saints this year, and I saw their style of play and was impressed by it. I think I will fit well in the scheme. This is a great opportunity to join a championship organization. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and being part of a great Saints defense,” Byrd explained a team released statement.

The Byrd signing is a huge get for the Saints!  It tells me a couple of things, they've definitely taken notice of the Seattle defense and more moves are to come with the official transactions regarding Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas.  


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03/11/2014 9:35PM
Kristian: Buffalo S Jairus Byrd joining Saints
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03/12/2014 1:20AM
Mickey Loomis has done a fantastic job.
For all the fans complaining about Mickey Loomis releasing players, it seems our GM had a plan all along. Great free agent signing and keep of the fantastic job. I hate to see any of our team contributors that have give so much to the team and the fans, cut or traded. The GM has to make these tough decisions to keep us competitive for years to come. The going rate for a franchise QB that is not on a rookie contract is what Brees is paid. Graham is the top TE in the league and needs to be paid as such. I wish them luck and hope they all get picked up and become contributors on other teams. Thank you all for all that you have done for our city and team.
03/12/2014 10:14AM
Cleaning House....?
That was a great signing but I wouldn't sum it up to saying that Loomis had a plan all along and that's why he released over 10 players last week.... Now that Byrd's got a contract and another hole in that weak secondary of ours has been filled, we've got to worry about what's going to happen in Sept when the Saints take the field with a "Rookie Squad" because too many veterans were let go AT THE SAME TIME. Thanks to those "decisions" now we've got to worry about having a team that can compete in 2014.
03/12/2014 11:46AM
Too many vets let go
I agree. The Saints should have kept Jenkins to beef up our db backfield and Sproles was one of our top offensive players
03/12/2014 7:26PM
Byrd brain
TheSaints are bird brains on the moves made so far
03/15/2014 11:41PM
Warranted for the most part
The recent moves by the Saints management were warranted for the most part in an attempt to ultimately improve the team. How does Patrick Robinson continue to hang in there?
03/18/2014 7:07PM
Bobby
You must have a bird brain to think this guy from buffalo will be as good as roman harper
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