The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday that they will not tender restricted free agent wide receiver David Nelson, effectively making him an unrestricted free agent come March 12.
Nelson, a former undrafted free agent out of Florida, worked his way up the depth chart to get a legitimate amount of playing time in his second and third seasons. His third and last season with Buffalo, however, ended when Nelson suffered a torn ACL in the team's season opener against the New York Jets.
“We spoke with David Nelson’s agent this morning and informed him that we will not tender David,” GM Buddy Nix said.
He is the second restricted free agent the Bills announced that they are going to walk away from. 2012 starter Donald Jones was told that he would not receive a tender from Buffalo in February as well.
Nelson responded to the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
In three seasons, Nelson totaled 94 catches for 1,042 yards and eight touchdowns. With both he and Jones now off the roster, the Bills are left with only three receivers that started 2012 on their opening game roster. That list includes Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham and Brad Smith.
Team called my agent this morning. No tender coming. "I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future!" #Jesus— David Nelson (@DavidNelson86) February 24, 2013
The Bills also have three other receivers on the roster that were added throughout 2012. Marcus Easley, Kevin Elliot and Chris Hogan all still remain on the roster.