Byrd was an important addition to the secondary when the Saints signed him as an Unrestricted Free Agent from Buffalo in 2014. In 2015, he’s expected to bolster the defense with his aggressive play, leadership and knack for creating turnovers. Prior to a season-ending knee injury suffered in practice in week five, Byrd had been among the club’s leading tacklers with 29 stops (21 solo), two passes defensed and one forced fumble. In his first six NFL seasons, Byrd has appeared in 77 games with 70 starts and recorded 381 stops (277 solo), three sacks, 22 interceptions for 409 yards, with two brought back for touchdowns, 35 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
NFL CAREER – Byrd was an important addition to the secondary when the Saints signed him as an Unrestricted Free Agent from Buffalo in 2014. In 2015, he’s expected to bolster the defense with his aggressive play, leadership and knack for creating turnovers. Prior to a season-ending knee injury suffered in practice in week five, Byrd had been among the club’s leading tacklers with 29 stops (21 solo), two passes defensed and one forced fumble. In his first six NFL seasons, Byrd has appeared in 77 games with 70 starts and recorded 381 stops (277 solo), three sacks, 22 interceptions for 409 yards, with two brought back for touchdowns, 35 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve by New Orleans Saints, 10/7/14; Agreed to terms with Saints on a six-year contract (UFA-BUF), 2/14/14; Re-signed by Buffalo Bills to one-year contract as Franchise Player, 8/20/13; Designated Franchise Player by Buffalo, 3/1/13; Placed on Injured Reserve by Buffalo, 12/23/09; Signed by Buffalo to four-year contract, 7/29/09; Selected by Buffalo in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2013: Pro Bowl; Associated Press second-team All-Pro; 2012: Pro Bowl; AP second-team All-Pro; The Sporting News first-team All-Pro; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week Six); GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (Week 12); 2010: Bills Ed Block Courage Award Winner; Sporting News Top 25 Under 25; 2009: Pro Bowl; The Sporting News second-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (October); All-Rookie (Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America, The Sporting News, Football Outsiders, Dallas Morning News).
2014 – Started first four games at FS, before suffering season-ending knee injury suffered in practice that required him to undergo surgery. Finished with 29 tackles (21 solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble…Stripped Julio Jones of ball to go with six tackles (five solo) in his Saints debut at Atlanta, Sept. 7. 2013 – Played in 11 games with nine starts after missing the first five games with a foot injury. Finished the season with 48 tackles and four interceptions and was named to his third Pro Bowl…Inactive for first five games (foot)…Made his first start of the year at New Orleans, Oct. 27 and produced three tackles and a pass defensed…Totaled four tackles vs. Kansas City, Nov. 3, as the defense yielded 115 passing yards…Posted his first interception of the season which led to a Bills FG at Pittsburgh, Nov. 10…Became first Bill ever and only player in week 11 to produce two interceptions and one sack vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 17. Helped pass defense yield a season-low 12 completions and added four tackles, including one stop for a loss, a quarterback hit and two passes defensed…Totaled season-high nine tackles vs. Atlanta, Dec. 1…Recorded fourth interception of 2013 and 22nd of his career, also adding four tackles at Tampa Bay, Dec. 8…Totaled six tackles at Jacksonville, Dec. 15…Recorded two stops as pass defense yielded season-low 89 passing yards vs. Miami, Dec. 22. 2012 – Started all 16 games for Bills. Led team with five interceptions, Recording 76 tackles (53 solo), four forced fumbles and six pass deflections. Selected to Pro Bowl…Posted five tackles at New York Jets, Sept. 9…Recorded first pick of season and tied for a team-high seven tackles vs. Kansas City, Sept. 16…Posted three tackles, including a stop for a loss at Cleveland, Sept. 23…Forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery with the first FF/FR being converted into a TD on the ensuing possession vs. New England, Sept. 30…Totaled three defensive stops (one solo) at San Francisco, Oct. 7…Posted two interceptions and helped seal the victory with his interception return in overtime that set the offense up at the Arizona six-yard line at the Cardinals, Oct. 14. Rian Lindell kicked the game-winning field goal on the ensuing possession. Added four tackles, a stop for loss and two passes defensed…Posted six tackles and one forced fumble vs. Tennessee, Oct. 21…Made five tackles at Houston, Nov. 4…Totaled four tackles at New England, Nov. 11…Halted a Miami drive in the fourth quarter with his fourth interception of the season vs. Miami, Nov. 15. Also had a fumble recovery in the first quarter…Tied for the team-lead with six tackles including one stop for a loss at Indianapolis, Nov. 25…Posted his first interception of the season to halt Jacksonville’s final drive vs. the Jaguars, Dec. 2…Totaled four tackles and a forced fumble at Miami, Dec. 23. Four forced fumbles on the season were the most by a Bill since Aaron Schobel (5) in 2007. 2011 – Started all 16 games and recorded 98 tackles (75 solo), one sack, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Posted five tackles, including one stop for a loss and helped defense hold Kansas City to 119 passing yards at Chiefs, Sept. 11…Led defensive backs with 10 tackles vs. Oakland, Sept. 18…Posted game-high and career-high 12 tackles and added two passes defensed vs. New England, Sept. 25…Forced a fumble and recovered ball from Jason Avant in the third quarter, while adding eight tackles including one for a loss vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 9…Posted four tackles at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 16…Registered his first interception and sack of the season vs. Washington, Oct. 30, adding four tackles…Recorded his second interception of the season and added six tackles vs. N.J. Jets, Nov. 6…Tied for a game-high eight tackles and posted a forced fumble at Dallas, Nov. 13…Led defensive backs with nine tackles including one stop for loss vs. Tennessee, Dec. 4…Scored on a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, adding seven tackles and one pass defensed vs. Denver, Dec. 24, as the Bills held Tim Tebow to a 35.4 rating. 2010 – Appeared in 16 games with 14 starts for Bills. Recorded 88 tackles (61 solo), four passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception…Posted seven tackles and also recorded his first career fumble recovery, which resulted in a TD, the team’s first turnover of the season at New England, Sept. 26…Posted 10 tackles vs. Chicago, Nov. 7…Produced 11 tackles and a forced fumble and fumble recovery that led to Buffalo FG and tied game at 13 in 4th quarter vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 28…Forced career-high two fumbles and added eight tackles vs. Cleveland, Dec. 12…Recorded first sack of career and added four solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a QB hit at Miami, Dec. 19. 2009 – Appeared in 14 games with 11 starts as a rookie and finished with 42 tackles (30 solo), nine interceptions to tie for NFL lead and 11 passes defensed. Third Bills rookie to be selected to Pro Bowl…Made his first career NFL start as the team’s fifth defensive back vs. New Orleans, Sept. 27 and totaled five tackles…Made first career start at FS at Miami, Oct. 4 and made three solo tackles and a pass defensed…Posted first career interception and led Bills defensive backs with seven tackles vs. Cleveland, Oct. 11…Posted first multi-interception game (2) at N.Y. Jets, Oct. 18. Second interception led to Buffalo’s game-tying TD in third quarter. Became the first Bills rookie with interceptions in consecutive games since Nate Clements in 2001 (games 14-15). And became the first Bills rookie with three picks in season since Clements in 2001…Recorded two interceptions which led to both Buffalo touchdowns at Carolina, Oct. 25. Became the fifth Buffalo Bill to post multiple interceptions in consecutive weeks and first since Kurt Schulz in 1996 (2 vs. Cin., 11/17/96; 2 vs. N.Y.J, 11/24/96). The first NFL rookie to post two-plus interceptions in consecutive games since Everson Walls (Dallas) in 1981). Also became the first NFL rookie with five interceptions in a calendar month since Mark Carrier (Chicago) in 1990…Totaled two interceptions and five tackles vs. Houston, Nov. 1. Became first rookie and second NFL player to have three consecutive multi-interception games (joining Dave Baker (SF) 1960, games 8-10). Became the fourth Bill with three multi-INT games in one season (Archie Matsos (4-1960), Billy Atkins (4-1961) and Tom Janik (3-1966)…Recorded an interception for the fifth consecutive game setting a new Buffalo Bills team record at Tennessee, Nov. 15. Became the second NFL player since 1970 to record an interception in five consecutive games in his first NFL season (Kansas City’s Eric Harris, 1980)…Posted his ninth interception of the season and set the team’s rookie interception record at Kansas City, Dec. 13…Placed on injured reserve, Dec. 23.
COLLEGE – Byrd started each of final 37 contests during a 39-game career at LCB, recording 203 tackles (143 solo), six stops for losses of 17 yards, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Deflected 53 passes, leaving school ranked fourth in Ducks history…Gained 113 yards on 17 interception returns (6.6 avg.), as he departed Oregon with his pick total tied for second on the school career-record list…Political science major.
PERSONAL – Prepped at Clayton (Mo.) HS, where he was named the state 4A Offensive Player of the Year in leading the Greyhounds to the 2004 state championship, playing QB, S, WR and on special teams…Ranked fourth in state in scoring (158 points), rushing for 1,480 yards (7th in state) while averaging 8.76 yards per carry and scoring 26 touchdowns…In addition, he passed for another 1,038 yards (65-128) and 13 scores...Also was afforded first-team all-state accolades on defense as his team’s second-leading tackler and posted 71 stops (60 solo), seven interceptions (5th in the state), three sacks and two fumble recoveries...Completed the package with six catches for 125 yards (20.8 avg.), 10 kickoff returns (30.1 avg.), 15 returned punts (13.3 avg.) in addition to punting the football 18 times for a 37.6-yard clip…Son of Marilyn and Gill Byrd, Sr…Father was a 1983 first-round draft pick out of San Jose State and a two-time Pro Bowl selection while playing cornerback for the San Diego Chargers (1983-92)…Gill Sr. went on to join the coaching ranks serving as the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams (2003-05) before joining the Chicago Bears (2006-12) as a defensive quality control coach…He is currently the cornerbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…Jairus’ older brother, Gill, Jr. was a defensive back at New Mexico State (2004-06)…Has participated in numerous community initiatives throughout his NFL career…Born Jairus Keelon Byrd in San Diego, CA.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport tells you the latest from the New Orleans Saints regarding the status of safety Jairus Byrd, who suffered a knee injury in practice on Thursday. He also talks about who the Saints are going to replace him moving forward.
Jairus Byrd speaks with reporters on Monday, September 29, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo. (New Orleans Saints video)
Jairus Byrd talks about facing the Minnesota Vikings without Adrian Peterson on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints video)
Jairus Byrd speaks with reporters after the New Orleans Saints' game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Video by Alex Restrepo (Video property of New Orleans Saints)