Top Free Agent Safeties Available

However, Jairus Byrd remains in talks with the Bills and T.J. Ward is "open to further negotiations" with the Browns.

The Green Bay Packers, flush with salary cap space, enter the offseason with a major need at safety.

With the start of free agency on the horizon, the top two players remain unsigned.

Jairus Byrd, a three-time Pro Bowler, was not given the franchise tag by the Bills. According to The Associated Press, negotiations reached a "standstill" after the Bills offered Byrd a deal that would have paid him $30 million over the next three seasons.

"The door is not closed on anything. I'm not closing the door on any opportunities at all," Byrd told "The lines of communication are still open. I've talked to [CEO] Russ [Brandon] and [general manager] Doug [Whaley] a couple days ago. We're talking.

"So, it's not anything that's hard feelings or anything like that. The conversations that we've had, we know what's going on. We're all on the same page. We'll go from here."

Meanwhile, the agent for Browns safety T.J. Ward says the Pro Bowler remains hopeful of signing a long-term deal with the team.

His agent, Josh Arnold, said in a statement Tuesday that he began "detailed contract discussions" with "multiple" Browns executives at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month and that the talks have continued. However, the sides have not yet reached an agreement.

Ward is coming off his best season as a pro. On Monday, the Browns placed their transition tag on center Alex Mack and not Ward, who started all 16 games and made a career-high 129 tackles with two interceptions last season.

Arnold said he and Ward "remain open to further discussions with the Browns."

The Browns drafted Ward in the second round in 2010.

Also unsigned is San Francisco's Donte Whitner, Miami's Chris Clemons and Indianapolis' Antoine Bethea. Only Bernard Pollard, who re-signed with Tennessee, is off the market among the top safeties.

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