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Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (19) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Sign WR Donald Jones

Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones has signed with the New England Patriots as ESPN Adam Schefter reported.

“Patriots signed former Bills WR Donald Jones.”

Donald Jones played for the Buffalo Bills for the past three years, but the Bills decided to allow Jones to try the open market by declining to offer a tender. After visiting the Gillette Stadium facility last Thursday, a deal was offered today. Jones marks a career with 82 receptions for 887 yards and 6 touchdowns. His best performance came against the two Patriots games he played in the 2012 season with 8 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Looks like Bill Belichick has seen a good value and potential in the 26 year-old receiver from Youngstown State, but he still will have to fight for a roster spot, unlike Danny Amendola, which has a guaranteed roster spot.

At this point, Jones might represent competition to the still free agents Julian Edelman, Deion Branch and Donte Stallworth. Details of the contract are yet to be disclosed, but it is a three-year deal.



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