Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix announced today that the team will not tender a contract offer to restricted free agent David Nelson.
“We spoke with David Nelson’s agent this morning and informed him that we will not tender David,” said Buddy Nix.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise for David Nelson after the team fired former head coach Chan Gailey was a 6-10 record last season. Dough Marrone took over as the new head coach last month, and since Marrone as well as his coaching staff have been committed to retooling the Buffalo Bills this offseason. The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with several veteran either due to cap cuts or because they didn’t fit in the new system. The team has been looking for a consistent contributor to take the pressure off wide receiver Steve Johnson, who’s had three consecutive 100-yeard seasons.
Earlier this month, the Buffalo Bills parted ways with third-year wide receiver Donald Jones, who was set to become a restricted free agent, by refusing him a tender offer. Now, David Nelson too is set to become an unrestricted free agent by the March 12 deadline.
In confirming the Buffalo Bills’ decision on Twitter, David Nelson also expressed that he was "excited for the next opportunity,” in his NFL career.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida in 2010, David Nelson was a consistent contributor for the Buffalo Bills over the initial two seasons, posting 92 receptions for 1,011 yards and eight touchdowns. David Nelson was also led the Buffalo Bills second with 61 receptions in 2011.
However, last season David Nelson only played one game after suffering an ACL tear to his right knee in the Buffalo Bills’ season opener against the New York Jets. After undergoing knee surgery, David Nelson was expected to return in time for training camp.
It is believed both Donald Jones and David Nelson’s health stats may also have played a role in the Buffalo Bills’ decision to part ways with the wide receivers.
The 6-foot-5, 204 pound, David Nelson’s departure will leave the Buffalo Bills with six receivers on the roster. However, beyond Stevie Johnson and Brad Smith, none of the Buffalo Bills receivers have more than two-years of experience. So the Buffalo Bills are expected to address their receivers spot in the draft or during free agency this offseason.