The Tennessee Titans and star safety Kevin Byard have seemingly moved past the incident in which the team requested him to take a pay cut. Byard recently revealed during an appearance on the “Bussin’ with the Boys” podcast that he and the Titans are now on good terms.
Initially, when Byard’s agent informed him about the team’s request for a pay cut, he admitted feeling emotional about it. However, he recognized the business aspect of the situation and understood that emotions shouldn’t dictate business decisions. Byard acknowledged that the incident happened, but emphasized that he and the Titans are currently in a good place.
During minicamp in early June, Byard spoke to reporters and expressed his understanding of the Titans’ request. He believed he was still performing at a level deserving of his $13.6 million salary, which he declined to reduce. There were reports suggesting that Byard had asked to be released after the pay-cut request, but he has not indicated any desire to leave Tennessee. Furthermore, the Titans’ new general manager, Ran Carthon, has refuted claims that Byard no longer wants to play for the team.
As of now, it seems that both Byard and the Titans have moved past the pay-cut request and are focused on their mutual goals. Byard, regarded as one of the top safeties in the NFL, remains an integral part of the Titans’ roster, and the organization appears committed to continuing their working relationship with him.
Indeed, Tennessee Titans’ general manager Ran Carthon confirmed that he did ask Kevin Byard to consider a pay cut. However, he clarified that the situation was not as controversial as it may have appeared in media reports. Byard’s recent comments and demeanor further support Carthon’s perspective.
Byard expressed his positive view of Carthon, describing him as a good guy and stating that he holds no ill feelings toward the entire situation. His comments suggest that he has accepted the circumstances and does not harbor any resentment. Byard’s response aligns with Carthon’s explanation that the situation was not as contentious as initially portrayed.
It appears that both Byard and the Titans are focused on moving forward and maintaining a productive working relationship. While the pay-cut request may have initially caused some emotional reaction, Byard’s current stance indicates a willingness to put the incident behind him and work together with the team.