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Buffalo Bills Will not Re-sign Receiver Donald Jones

February 7th, 2013 at 6:14 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills will be in the market for a wide receiver this offseason after announcing Thursday they will not re-sign Donald Jones.

'Donald Jones' photo (c) 2011, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"We have made the decision not to re-sign Donald," General Manager Buddy Nix said. "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."

The 25-year-old had a career-high 41 catches for 443 yards in 2012 along with four touchdowns. He was limited to 12 games, though, due to an undisclosed illness that's plagued him since college. In three NFL seasons, he has 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns. He was drafted in 2010 out of Youngstown State and finished up a three-year, $1.23 million contract in 2012.

"Thanks for everything .My three years there was great I learned a lot. I had great times with my teammates.Met a lot of great ppl," Jones said on Twitter.

The Bills will benefit from the return of David Nelson in 2013 from injury but are still thin at wideout. Behind Stevie Johnson are Marcus Easley, Ruvell Martin, Brad Smith and Chris Hogan.

Free agency begins March 12.

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