Bills trade QB Cardale Jones to Chargers in exchange for conditional pick

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28 July, 2017

PITTSFORD, NY- On the eve of Buffalo Bills training camp, the team traded quarterback Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers for a conditional draft pick.

On Twitter, Jones thanked the Bills and their fans "for showing me nothing but love and support" during his brief time with the team.

Jones, a second-year player out of Ohio State University, was originally selected by Buffalo in the fourth round (139th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Jones was notably underutilized during team activities and minicamp in Buffalo.

The move reunites Jones with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn, who was Buffalo's offensive coordinator last season before leaving for Los Angeles.

When asked about the trade, Coach Lynn said, "He's the type of QB you want waiting on the runway". It was an easy decision for the Chargers, and one that could pay dividends if Jones can develop into a good quarterback down the road. "He's going to have the opportunity to come on the field and compete".

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The Chargers dealt for Jones after working out Robert Griffin III on Tuesday. Cardale is someone we think can be developed.

The former Ohio State star played only one game last season, going 6-for-11 for 96 yards and an interception in the season finale.

In practices this spring and previous year, and in the one 2016 regular-season game in which he played, the rifle-armed Jones struggled mightily with accuracy and with comfort in the pocket.

Besides starter Tyrod Taylor, the Bills added two quarterbacks this offseason - T.J. Yates, who was signed as a free agent, and Nathan Peterman, a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

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