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Bills will not re-sign Donald Jones

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Earlier on Thursday, there were reports that the Bills and wide receiver Donald Jones were talking about a contract extension that would eliminate the need to tender him a contract as a restricted free agent.

Either those reports were incorrect or the discussions took a turn for the worse because the Bills announced Thursday afternoon that they will not be tendering Jones a contract offer. General Manager Buddy Nix made it clear that they weren’t making the move to set up a return from Jones at some later point.

“We have made the decision not to re-sign Donald,” said Nix. “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. We thank him for his years with our organization and wish him the best in the future.”

Jones had 41 catches for the Bills last season and dealt with an undisclosed medical condition that forced him to miss the final three weeks of the regular season. He’ll be free to sign with any team starting on March 12. The Bills were expected to add help at receiver even with Jones in the fold so there shouldn’t be too dramatic a change to their offseason plans as a result of this decision.

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10 Responses to “Bills will not re-sign Donald Jones”
  1. acgorski says: Feb 7, 2013 6:15 PM

    dude had one route

  2. rossmasood says: Feb 7, 2013 6:21 PM

    THANK you OBD!!!! After giving Kelsay a ton of cash, Fitz a ton of cash – they are realizing that under-performing cats need to be replaced… They need to pick u a BIG target WR and a QB who can get the ball down field. Stevie made Fitz look good because of his ridiculous route running – TJ made Fitz look bad because Fitz under-throws EVERYTHING. Donald Jones was just not a very productive player…

  3. coseybedaman says: Feb 7, 2013 6:28 PM

    Very happy. Donald will be good with a decent offense but in buffalo we need a big upgrade and this at least indicates the front office is aware that the receivers need to be upgraded.

  4. EJ says: Feb 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    Didn’t expect that.

  5. buffalowned says: Feb 7, 2013 6:48 PM

    “We’ll that’s just devastating” – no one

  6. td30 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:22 PM

    only reason I know him is because he got ktfo by raheem moore

  7. speedybeebe says: Feb 7, 2013 7:34 PM

    I still don’t know what Chan ever saw in him? Hopefully he takes Brad Smith with him.

  8. jacksonjames4 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:47 PM

    that undisclosed illness was not having a qb that can throw to him.

  9. juiceboxsupply says: Feb 8, 2013 11:25 AM

    biggest contribution was blocking. his numbers won’t show it, but he was more valuable than people think.

  10. dtjano says: Feb 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    He’ll be lucky to be on a NFL roster next season.

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