The Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Donald Jones, formerly of the Bills, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
The 2013 season will be the fourth NFL campaign for Jones (6-0, 208), who entered the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2010 out of Youngstown State. Patriots fans might remember him from the 2012 season as he caught a 68-yard touchdown pass against them, as some of Jones' most productive games have come against New England.
Jones was scheduled to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Bills didn't tender him an offer. He statred 10 games last season and finished with a career-high 41 receptions for 443 yards and four touchdowns. But the Bills are implementing a new offense under first-year head coach Doug Marrone, and Jones -- who was brought in by former coach Chan Gailey to fit into his spread attack -- wasn't part of the plans (which surprised him).
The 25-year-old projects to a role as an outside receiver in the Patriots' system. Where he lands on the depth chart remains uncertain at this time, as the club figures to make multiple moves at the position this offseason.