The Buffalo Bills have declined tender to WR Donald Jones, a move that makes his an unrestricted free agent. Jones had been a restricted free agent and the team had been engaged in contract talks with the receiver but they declined to make a tender offer. Jones has been battling from an undisclosed injury/illness, and was placed on the Bills non-football/illness list in the final month of the regular season.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix issued the following statement regarding Jones. “We have made the decision not to re-sign Donald. 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 was the Bills fourth leading receiver in 2012 finishing the year with 41 receptions in 12 games, adding four touchdowns.
There was no reason given for the Bills sudden change of heart regarding Jones. At 25, despite his illness, he might find employment in 2013 on another team.