I saw earlier today this note on Byrd and his situation w/ Buffalo - it got me thinking about the long-term possibilities of having Reid and Byrd playing together as our Safeties:
Appearing on Thursday Night Countdown, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the Bills have had "dialogue" with other teams about trading FS Jairus Byrd.
Mort didn't suggest a deal was likely to happen, but did say the door will remain open until the trade deadline. He added that it would have to be a "player-for-player" swap since teams don't trade first- or second-round picks for safeties, even ones as good as Byrd.
Whitner's contract is up after this season...we all know his strengths as a team leader who quarterbacks the D much of the time along with his good tackling ability. However, he's very much a liability vs. the pass and just gives up way too many TDs. With the NFL becoming an ever-increasing passing league, we need no weak links in our secondary to avoid getting exposed. I like our corners for this year and beyond, especially if we draft a couple of quality ones next year. Could we somehow package Whitner together with a draft pick to get Byrd from Buffalo? This is not an attack on Whitner - I like a lot of what he does. However, Reid and Byrd at the back end would make our D that much more dominant for years to come. Or, are we too close to the regular season where this could screw up our D, the chemistry, leadership, etc., where Byrd would also have to come in and pick up the ins-and-outs of our D scheme?