The Bills haven't given up on keeping Jairus Byrd in Buffalo long term.

With the free safety mired in a training-camp holdout Bills president Russ Brandon told The Associated Press on Monday that the team will try again to sign Byrd to a multiyear contract next offseason.

"Obviously our goal was to have that done by July 15. We didn't meet that goal" Brandon said citing the NFL's deadline for multiyear deals. "But we'll pull up our boot straps and as soon as we can start on that again we will."

That can't happen until after the season but Brandon called the prospects of a long-term pact "absolutely" realistic. This season the safety's options are limited: He can sign his one-year $6.9 million franchise tag or continue his holdout.