Will Buffalo Bills tender WR David Nelson?
According to recent reports, Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix acknowledged at the NFL Combine that the team had been in touch with David Nelson’s agent.
“To be honest we’ve talked to David and his agent briefly,” Buddy Nix told report, “but we will follow-up on it before free agency starts.”
The Buffalo Bills signed David Nelson as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida in 2010. He appeared in 15 games (with one start) during his rookie season, while finishing with 31 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns. David Nelson had a breakout season in 2011, leading the team second with 61 receptions for 658 yards and five touchdowns. However, last year David Nelson sat out the entire season after suffering a tear to the ACL in his right knee during the Buffalo Bills’ season opener against the New York Jets.
David Nelson is expected to return in time for the training camp, but Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole reported that the Buffalo Bills could part ways with him. The 26-year-old David Nelson is set to become a restricted free agent. The Buffalo Bills have until the March 12 deadline to tender David Nelson to the tune of $1.3 million.
“Bills not expected to tender RFA WR David Nelson, who missed all but one game last season because of injury. Nelson expected to be healthy,” tweeted Jason Cole.
David Nelson was visibly upset by the rumor circulating on twitter, after not being given the tidbit by the team itself.
“Wow. If this is true- then I def do get all my info from twitter…,” David Nelson responded on twitter.
If the Buffalo Bills do not retain David Nelson, then Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Brad Smith, Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan will be only receivers under contract for next season. Buddy Nix had previously also hinted at bringing charges at position this offseason.
But in a twist to the rumors, it is now being reported that the Buffalo Bills have interests in signing David Nelson to a multi-year contract extension and avoid the restricted free agent process altogether.
From the looks of it, it’s all a bunch of speculation at this phase.