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Doug Marrone, Rex Ryan praise Byrd

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd drew some lofty praise from his former coach -- and from one of his former rivals -- Tuesday at the NFL meetings in Orlando.

The AFC coaches were available to the media on Tuesday morning, so Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan were both asked about Byrd. Here are some video clips, courtesy of NewOrleansSaints.com.

Marrone said the Bills made a competitive offer to try to keep Byrd. But he said if they had to lose him, he was “actually happy” that Byrd landed in New Orleans -- both because the coach is in the AFC and because he knows it will be a good fit for Byrd.

Marrone, a former offensive coordinator with the Saints, said he told Sean Payton he’s getting an “awesome player” both on and off the field. Here are some more quotes via The Advocate.

Ryan said he’s happy, too.

“I’m glad he’s out of our division. I’m also glad for my brother,” said Ryan, whose twin brother Rob is the Saints’ defensive coordinator.