Buffalo Bills News, 2/8: Team Declines To Sign Donald Jones

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The off-season is in full swing for the Buffalo Bills, and their first big decision was to tell receiver Donald Jones that they would not be re-signing him. Read the reactions here.

Offseason Forecast: Buffalo Bills - NFL.com

"In terms of draft and free agent acquisitions, the Bills desperately need help in their linebacker and receiving corps, as well as on their offensive line."

It's hard to tell from the article whether this includes the retention of Andy Levitre or not. Later, they mention signing Chad Rinehart would "soften the blow" of losing Levitre. They also discuss the quarterback position later, but don't mention it in the "desperate team needs" quoted previously. It's not a bad off-season capsule, just an incomplete one. (On a completely unrelated note, I thought Patrick Crawley died on the Titanic. Good on him for writing this article, anyway.)

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