After being drafted by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2016 National Football League draft, Jones only played in a single regular season game, the Bills' final game of the 2016 season against the New York Jets.
On the penultimate day of Bills' spring practices last month, Jones' one drive in the session-closing two minute drill lasted one play.
"When the Bills brought Cardale Jones in to tell him he was traded to the Chargers, he began crying", Schefter said.
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Los Angeles makes sense as a landing spot for the former Big Ten player, as the Chargers' new head coach, Anthony Lynn, was the Bills' interim coach last season. "He's the type of quarterback you want waiting on the runway".
He will get a chance to back up Philip Rivers in L.A., and Jones issued a statement of thanks to Bills fans. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound didn't step onto the field until the final 15 minutes of the season, but Lynn has described him as an ideal developmental prospect - one whose strong arm and footwork could allow him to flourish in the right environment. They worked out Robert Griffin III earlier this week, but Jones' chief competition for the backup role seems to be Kellen Clemens, who has been the Chargers' No. 2 quarterback the past two seasons.
In his rookie year, Jones' only appearance came in the season finale against the Jets, when he completed six of 11 passes for 96 yards and an interception. Buffalo is now left with Peterman, starter Tyrod Taylor and veteran backup T.J. Yates, whom the team signed this offseason, at quarterback.