Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 in Buffalo is reporting that the Buffalo Bills and receiver Donald Jones are working on a new contract. A former undrafted free agent, Jones is scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the start of the new league year on March 12.
Jones has 82 catches for 887 yards and six touchdowns in 35 games over three injury-plagued seasons. An undisclosed medical condition - which he claims won't hinder him moving forward - limited the former Youngstown State receiver to 12 games in 2012, where he managed career highs across the board.
The Bills have options with Jones. If they tag him with the restricted free agent tag, it would have to be at the second round level or higher. That would give Jones a one-year, $2.02 million contract for the 2013 season. If another team signed Jones to a bigger contract, the Bills could match or be awarded the signing team's second-round pick.
This report is also an indication that Doug Marrone's coaching staff has moved on from the evaluation portion of their off-season to the beginnings of roster-shaping decisions. We could be hearing many more reports like this soon, Bills fans.