Former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones has been traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Los Angeles Chargers for a draft pick, Buffalo announced Wednesday.
Jones played at Ohio State from 2013-15, leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 College Football Playoff championship after beginning the season as the third-string quarterback. In Los Angeles, he will reunite with Joey Bosa and Joshua Perry, two of the defensive stars of that title-winning team.
We've traded QB Cardale Jones to the Los Angeles Chargers for a conditional draft pick.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) July 26, 2017
Lol my mom is gonna be so happy https://t.co/QaZayJyGoY
— Joshua Perry (JEP53) (@RIP_JEP) July 26, 2017
Jones burst onto the scene in 2014 following injuries to Ohio State quarterbacks Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. In his first career start, he led the Buckeyes to a 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, and he followed that up with strong performances in Ohio State’s two playoff games. In total, he completed 46 of 75 passes for 742 yards and five touchdowns in those three games.
After beating out Barrett for the starting job in 2015, Jones stumbled a bit, throwing only eight touchdowns, compared to five interceptions, his junior season. He slipped to the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, where Buffalo snagged him 139th overall. As a rookie back-up, he competed 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards.
Jones was expendable for Buffalo because the Bills have three other quarterbacks on their roster: Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates and Nathan Peterman. He joins a Chargers roster that features Philip Rivers and Kellen Clemens, along with rookies Eli Jenkins and Mike Bercovici.