Thursday, February 7, 2013

Bills not bringing back wide receiver Donald Jones


Thursday morning, WGR 550 reported that the Buffalo Bills were working on a contract extension for restricted free agent Donald Jones.

Never mind. Thursday afternoon, Bills general manager Buddy Nix announced that the Bills "have made the decision not to re-sign Donald." (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Flickr)

“We’re going in a different direction and this move today gives Donald the opportunity to catch on with another team early on in the process," Nix said, via Buffalo "We thank him for his years with our organization and wish him the best in the future.”

Since the Bills don't plan on tendering Jones, he'll hit the open market with no strings attached.

Jones was the team's second-most productive wide receiver last season behind Stevie Johnson, catching 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns in 2012. The undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State missed the end of last season to an undisclosed illness.

Fellow receiver David Nelson, who was the team's second-most productive receiver in 2011 but missed nearly all of last year to an ACL tear, is also a restricted free agent.

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