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Bills, Donald Jones working on extension

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The Bills aren’t at great risk of losing wide receiver Donald Jones as a restricted free agent, but that isn’t stopping them from trying to lock him up before the start of free agency anyway.

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 in Buffalo is reporting that the team and Jones are working on an extension. Jones is coming off the most productive season of his career, finishing with 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns. Jones, who signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, had 41 catches over his first two seasons in the league.

Jones’ season ended early because of an undisclosed illness, although it is obviously not an issue that is getting in the way of the Bills’ desire to lock Jones up for more than the one year they’d guarantee themselves with a tender offer. If they do wind up going the tender route, another team would need to hand over a draft pick to sign Jones away from Buffalo.

This doesn’t figure to be the end of their work on the receiving corps this offseason. Jones looks a lot better as a third or fourth receiver than he does as one of the team’s top targets and the Bills need to do more to support whoever their quarterback winds up being next season if their offense is going to take a step forward.

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  1. dspyank2k11 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:39 AM

    WHYYYY???? Save that money for Levitre / Byrd. This guy is a FLOP.

  2. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Feb 7, 2013 11:50 AM

    Always said this guy was underrated… definitely not a #1 guy though…not yet

  3. buddysguys says: Feb 7, 2013 11:53 AM

    i feel that Byrd and Levitre should be first talked about publicly not a #4 wr with health issues.

  4. markpfs says: Feb 7, 2013 12:01 PM

    in Nix we trust….for at least one more year

  5. tcmiller30 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:04 PM

    Before people start freaking out about this not being Byrd/Levitre keep in mind: he’s a restricted free agent. His negotiations should be much quicker/easier than Byrd and Levitre.

    I can guarantee you this will not hamper their ability to have a sit down with those other two and their agents, and OBD knows those are their main priorities.

  6. EJ says: Feb 7, 2013 12:10 PM

    Jones looks a lot better as a third or fourth receiver than he does as one of the team’s top targets and the Bills need to do more to support whoever their quarterback winds up being next season if their offense is going to take a step forward.

    Everything rides on the QB’s shoulders when it comes to Jones. As the Quarterback gets better, so does Jones play. I bet Jones would be the #2 Receiver for Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. With Fitzpatrick under center, Jones looked like a third or fourth wideout. If the Bills can provide the team with a bigger armed QB, they know what they have in Jones. David Nelson and Donald Jones are both great pick-ups of the scouting team. Both undrafted, both were underestimated in their advance from their college program’s.

  7. tbmvp03 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    It makes sense because otherwise we’d have to give him the second round tender, which is a little over $2M. Can’t give him an original round tender because he wasn’t drafted. We could probably get him signed to a new deal that would come in under $2M but more than his rookie contract. Both sides win.

  8. kgun80 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    Seriously? Why am I surprised? average player with average skills who is injured more often then not… New coach .. Same baloney!! You have 2 players who played almost every snap!! Byrd and Levitre, and you are locking up a slot guy? We don’t need him we wasted a 3rd round pick on TJ Grahm, he is the same player undersized really fast with mediocre hands!! This organization is a joke and after 30 years as a fan.. I really think I am done!! Just move the dam team!! Take the money we are providing for stadium upgrades and invest into the Buffalo public schools they could actually use it!

  9. richc111 says: Feb 7, 2013 4:46 PM

    Hey Kgun, you had me until the last statement. Giving money to the Buffalo schools would be a bigger waste of money. Buffalo is the 3rd highest city for money spent per student in the country. Give the money to me. I will put it to better use.

  10. nflr92 says: Feb 7, 2013 5:56 PM

    They’re not going to re-sign him.

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