Cardale Jones Traded by Bills to Chargers for Conditional 7th-Round Draft Pick

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2017

Buffalo Bills quarterback Cardale Jones throws a pass during NFL football minicamp in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday they traded quarterback Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers for a conditional draft pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the conditional pick is a seventh-rounder.

Jones appeared in one game as a rookie in 2016, going 6-of-11 for 96 yards and an interception in Buffalo's 30-10 loss to the New York Jets in Week 17.

Jones commented on the trade:

Cardale Jones @Cardale7_

Excited for the new start, can't wait to get to work @Chargers ⚡️

Cardale Jones @Cardale7_

Big thanks to @buffalobills and #BillsMafia for showing me nothing but love & support my during my brief time with the organization

Sending a seventh-round pick to the Bills for Jones makes sense for the Chargers. Philip Rivers will turn 36 in December, and Kellen Clemens turned 34 in June. Jones gives the team a younger option at quarterback, even if he's limited to backup duties.

NFL.com's Chris Wesseling noted Jones also has experience working with Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn:

Chris Wesseling @ChrisWesseling

Cardale Jones reuniting with Anthony Lynn, who said last year the young QB is the kind of prospect "you want waiting on the runway."

The trade likely signals the end of the Chargers' interest in Robert Griffin III. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported he had a workout with Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The Bills, meanwhile, still have some options at quarterback to back up Tyrod Taylor. They signed T.J. Yates in April and selected Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of the 2017 draft.


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