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Former New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd signs with Carolina Panthers

Former New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd signs with Carolina Panthers”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers signed three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd on Tuesday with starter Kurt Coleman set to miss multiple games with a sprained knee.

According to the team website, Byrd is 5-foot-10, 203-pounds and was collegiate teammates with fellow Panthers Jonathan Stewart and Ed Dickson at Oregon.

Byrd, who played his collegiate football at the University of OR, was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (42nd pick overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has 546 tackles, four sacks, 25 interceptions, 40 passes defensed, 14 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Byrd spent the first five years of his career with Buffalo, making three Pro Bowls with the club overall. Byrd was a former second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills (2009) and was most recently with the New Orleans Saints and was released in the spring after playing only three years of a six-year contract.

Last season with New Orleans, Byrd recorded 96 tackles, two interceptions and two passes defensed in 16 games.

Byrd will fill the roster spot of wide receiver Damiere Byrd, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken left forearm in Sunday's 33-30 victory at New England.



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