According to a tweet by Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills will not tender solid slot wide receiver David Nelson, whose rehab process is going well following a torn ACL. Nelson was a key member of the Bills offense when healthy in his breakout season in 2011, as Nelson hauled in 61 passes for 658 yards and five touchdowns after catching 31 passes for 353 yards to go with three touchdown receptions as a rookie.
The former Florida Gators standout was expected to be tendered by the Bills, but now it looks like he will hit unrestricted free agency. Teams looking for a good possession receiver should go for Nelson, because he moves the chains very effectively from the slot. His price tag should come cheap due to the injury, and I don’t have much concern about the ACL tear.
Nelson is a receiver who builds his game on consistency, and teams in need of a very good No. 3 receiver or more production in the slot should go after the 6’5″, 26-year-old. Nelson has been recovering quickly from the injury, and he is expected to make OTAs.
The Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a complete overhaul of the wide receiver corps, and the only top receiver that will remain is Stevie Johnson. The Bills are looking for elite talent, so gone are solid cogs David Nelson and Donald Jones. The latter casualty is not surprising, as Jones is a No. 3 receiver at best and likely a No. 4 guy.
I am a bit surprised to see that the Bills will not tender Nelson, but the Bills were not expected to tender him due to both injury concerns and the fact that they want to go for high-end talent at the position. Nelson’s unrestricted free agency will now help out some other team, and Bills fans are already wondering if the team will select Tennessee Volunteers standout Cordarrelle Patterson in order to bring in a bona fide young talent to pair with Johnson.
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