NFL news roundup: Jairus Byrd contract talks stagnant, Shane Vereen at WR

Rick Stewart

The Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd aren't making much progress on a new deal, despite an approaching deadline for franchise tagged players.

The Buffalo Bills and safety Jairus Byrd are looking to agree on a new contract that would keep the 26-year-old defensive back with the team for the long-term, replacing the one-year deal imposed by the franchise tag. The two sides have not made much progress in the negotiation of a new deal, however.

Despite the lack of progress, though, Brian Galliford of Buffalo Rumblings wrote on Friday that there is no reason for Bills fans to be concerned about the negotiations with the one-time Pro Bowler:

If the two sides have spoken since, nothing major would have happened, as neither side will have wanted to appear desperate or jump the gun in the intervening months. Deadlines spur action (Andrew Brandt should trademark that phrase). The action will resume soon - and if it already has, there's plenty of time to make a deal happen.

Here's what else you might have missed from Saturday:

Shane Vereen playing some WR

The New England Patriots will have a different looking pass game in 2013 following the departure of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez, but leave it to Bill Belichick to figure out some creative ways to fill the vacancies. Among those possible solutions is running back Shane Vereen, a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft who has amassed just 308 yards rushing in his first two seasons. Vereen has reportedly been playing some wide receiver for the team during recent practices, though pass receiving would be an interesting fit for the 5'10, 210-pound athlete.

Daytona Speedway looking to host Jaguars

Daytona International Speedway announced renovations last month and recently broke ground on $400 million worth of improvements, but NASCAR might not be the only thing that the new and improved track hosts. The new track could look to host some other events, including football, where they could target the Jacksonville Jaguars as a potential team. The Speedway could also look to host a college football game, too, with Florida and Florida State as the potential targets.

Reshad Jones looking to be premiere safety

Miami Dolphins defensive back Reshad Jones had a breakout season in 2012, ranking as the third-best safety on Pro Football Focus, but the fourth-year player still doesn't think he's reached his peak. On the Dolphins' radio show, Jones said he "can only get better" and that he's looking to become one of the NFL's best safeties. That would be a welcomed addition to a secondary that finished with the sixth-most passing yardage allowed in 2012.

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