Chargers acquire QB Cardale Jones from Bills for conditional 7th-round pick

Jones, a former fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2016, was in a hard spot on Buffalo's quarterback depth chart after the Bills signed veteran backup T.J. Yates in free agency and took QB Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of the 2017 National Football League draft.

"Cardale is a good young talent, and he's going to add competition behind Philip Rivers", Lynn was quoted as saying on the Chargers' official website.

On Wednesday, the Chargers acquired the 2016 fourth-round pick from the Bills, giving away a conditional draft selection.

"Excited for the new start, can't wait to get to work", Jones tweeted after the trade was announced.

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Jones received only limited reps with the Bills offense during organized team activities and minicamp this spring.

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 the type of quarterback you want waiting on the runway".

The Buffalo Bills made a decision to part ways with Jones for what was originally reported as a "late" conditional pick according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, who was the first to report on the transaction Wednesday. Additionally, by being fourth on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates, and Nathan Peterman, he would have provided little use to the team this season. "He's accurate. I think his development has come along fine".

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.

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