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New Orleans Saints agree terms with Jairus Byrd

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The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement to snap up free agent Jairus Byrd, it has been confirmed.

The Saints revealed the signing of the three-time Pro Bowl pick to a six year contract last night.

According to ESPN, the former Buffalo Bills safety's deal is worth $54 million, including $28 million guaranteed.

Byrd was a second round pick for the Bills in 2009, and became the first player since 1970 to record three consecutive multi-interception games.

Saints general manager Micky Loomis said he was delighted to land a player like Byrd, and believes he can help contribute towards a successful 2014 season.

We had hoped for the opportunity to pursue Jairus Byrd,” he said.

“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.”

The 27-year-old has posted career totals of 352 tackles (256 solo), three sacks, 22 interceptions, 33 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

Byrd was tagged by the Bills in 2013 but only signed his franchise tender when it was too late to agree a long-term deal and subsequently left at the end of last season.

In a statement on the Saints' official website he said: “I first want to thank the Buffalo Bills organization and the great fans of Buffalo for their support during my time there.

"I think there are great things to come here in New Orleans and I’m excited to join this team.

“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.”

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