The remaking of the Patriots receiving corps continues.
A day after the Patriots said goodbye to Wes Welker and replaced him with Danny Amendola, they are reportedly set to meet with former Bills receiver Donald Jones. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Jones is expected to visit the Patriots on Thursday.
Jones was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Bills decided not to tender him a contract. That made him an unrestricted free agent coming off a year that saw him get shut down in December because of a medical condition that has nothing to do with football. Jones had 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns before his year came to an end, his best numbers since joining the Bills in 2012, and scored two of those touchdowns in games against New England.
Should Jones land a contract with the Patriots, it will likely increase speculation about Brandon Lloyd’s future with the team. There’s been a lot of talk that the team would pass on paying Lloyd a $3 million option bonus after his first season with the team. That decision needs to come by Saturday, so the timing of Jones’ visit probably isn’t coincidental.