The New England Patriots announced they have released WR Donald Jones and signed rookie free-agents WR Perez Ashford and WR Quentin Sims on Friday.
Jones was signed to a three-year deal in March after spending his first three years with the Buffalo Bills. Jones hauled in 41 receptions last year for 443 yards and four touchdowns.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston, part of Jones release had to do with the fact that he was due to receive a $200,000 bonus for reporting to camp. Reiss further suggests that the Patriots removed Jones to give more reps to their rookie receivers that includes second-round pick Aaron Dobson, fourth-round pick Josh Boyce, and rookie free-agent Kenbrell Thompkins.
Along with the previously mentioned rookies, the Patriots also have free-agent signee Danny Amendola, a talented but injury-prone slot-receiver from St. Louis, Julian Edelman, who enters his fifth year in the NFL, all with the Patriots, and Michael Jenkins, a steady NFL veteran who’s past his prime.