Bills trade QB Cardale Jones to Charges for draft pick

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"Excited for the new start, can't wait to get to work", Jones tweeted after the trade was announced. And according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, he cried "tears of joy" upon learning the news. He'll join two former OSU teammates there in defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Joshua Perry. During their tenure together at Ohio State, Jones was able to rack up eleven wins and no losses as a starter. In total, he completed 46 of 75 passes for 742 yards and five touchdowns in those three games.

The QB, who led Ohio State to the National Championship in 2015, was viewed as a project when selected 139th overall. As a rookie back-up, he competed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards.

He received the fewest practice reps during offseason workouts, as the Bills clearly created a two-way competition between T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman for the second- and third-string quarterback spots behind Tyrod Taylor. New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn also knows Jones, as he was the Bills offensive coordinator and interim head coach last season. As it happens, he was coaching during Jones' lone regular season appearance.

Jones should not expect to see immediate playing time, however.

The move gives the Chargers a young, development quarterback behind 35-year-old Philip Rivers. Rivers is now signed through the 2019 season, which could leave Jones riding the bench for quite some time.

"He's the type of quarterback you want waiting on the runway", Lynn told the Chargers' website on Wednesday, repeating a phrase he had used seven months earlier in Buffalo.

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