Jairus Byrd is an 'awesome player' - former coaches

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The New Orleans Saints have signed themselves an 'awesome' player in  Jairus Byrd - according to two of his former coaches.

The former Buffalo Bills safety put pen to paper on a big money deal in New Orleans earlier this month, and former Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone believes they've done an excellent piece of business.

"You’re going to love him in the locker room; you’re going to love him in the field; he’ll do everything he can,” said the Bills head coach.

“You’re going to love him in the community. There’s not a bad thing to say about Jairus Byrd.”

Rex Ryan, brother of Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, agrees with Marrone - who also described Byrd as an 'awesome player' - and says he's happy that his sibling gets to work with a player of Byrd's calibre.

“I’m glad he’s out of our division. I’m also glad for my brother,” he joked.

There are plenty of new faces in New Orleans thanks to a busy offseason which has seen a host of veteran players released and Darren Sproles traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Drew Brees has admitted it has been tough to see so many players who helped the Saints win the Superbowl in 2009 depart - but there appears to a ray of light on the horizon.

According to reports, Jimmy Graham could soon agree a long-term contract with the Saints that will put speculation over his future to bed.

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