Eagles Secure All-Pro Safety Kevin Byard in Trade with Titans
By adding a guy with All-Pro and Pro Bowl experience, a track record of leadership, and someone who, at the absolute least, will be returning home to support the defence in the second half of this season, the Eagles are strengthening their defensive backfield. On Monday, the club acquired safety Terrell Edmunds and veteran safety Kevin Byard from the Tennessee Titans in exchange for fifth- and sixth-round lottery selections in 2024. Being a two-time Pro Bowl player and first-team All-Pro pick, Byard is at the top of his career and could have an immediate impact on Sean Desai's club.
Philadelphia native Byard excelled at Middle Tennessee State before being selected by the Titans in the third round (first overall, at pick No. 64). With his sideline-to-sideline presence, ball-finding skills, and ability to influence offensive plays, Byard has been a cornerstone of that defence ever since. To put it briefly, he is an eighth-year NFL safety with 27 career interceptions who has performed admirably for Tennessee this season.
Byard has started all six of his games with the Titans in 2023; he has started 111 straight games overall. In those six games, he has 47 total tackles, including 30 solo hits and a fumble recovery.
Byard led the Titans in 2022 with 106 tackles and four interceptions. It was his second straight season leading the Titans in interceptions. He recorded his sixth season overall (2017–19, 2021-22) and his third straight season (2020–22) leading the defence in tackles. Before 2021, no player from the Titans or Oilers had ever led the club in interceptions and tackles in the same season. Byard did it twice in a row.
In 2020, Byard was recognised as the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year for his community service. Byard has also been involved in the community. The media in Tennessee has also praised Byard; in 2022, the Nashville chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America selected him as the inaugural Eddie George Good Guy Award recipient. Due to his success in the area, starting at Middle Tennessee State University, which is situated in the city of Murfreesboro, Byard earned the moniker "Mayor of Murfreesboro," which was made popular by Titans play-by-play commentator and Vice President of Broadcasting Mike Keith.
The Eagles believe that this deal will strengthen their safety group, which has struggled with injuries during the season but has nonetheless performed well.