Los Angeles Chargers trade for Bills QB Cardale Jones

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On the eve of training camp, the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night traded backup quarterback Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers, for a conditional draft pick.

Jones, who joined the Bills a year ago as a fourth-round choice from Ohio State, seemingly was a long-shot to make the Buffalo roster.

Jones tweeted his gratitude to the Bills Organization and fans for their support during his time with the team.

The Los Angeles Chargers were said to have a positive work out with National Football League free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III Tuesday, but general manager Tom Telesco made a decision to go with a sturdier backup in former Ohio State Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones.

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Jones arrived on the team as an ultra-raw prospect with a strong arm, but little else in the way of accuracy, consistency or pocket awareness.

The trade reunites him with Anthony Lynn, now the Chargers head coach after being the running backs coach, then the offensive coordinator and then the interim head coach in Buffalo last season. "He's the type of quarterback you want waiting on the runway".

Just a day after reports surfaced the team worked out Robert Griffin III, the Bolts worked out a deal for Cardale, whom they evidently hope will be the backup to Philip Rivers. "He's going to have the opportunity to come on the field and compete".

The weather is better, but Jones also had been stuck behind Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel last season as a rookie. Cardale is someone we think can be developed. Jones appeared in only one game for the Bills as a rookie, throwing for 96 yards with an interception in a 30-10 loss to the Jets.