Buffalo Bills to Let David Nelson Hit the Open Market

By Dan Parzych
(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills have been busy this off-season with numerous changes as they look to bounce back from yet another disappointing season. Unfortunately for wide receiver David Nelson, it looks like one of the team’s plans doesn’t involve tendering him.

With the decision, Nelson is set to become an unrestricted free agent and as bad as it sounds–this decision by the Bills shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Not only is Nelson coming off a 2012 season in which he only appeared in one game due to a torn ACL, but his numbers over the first three years of his career is nothing to brag about.

Nelson’s best season came in 2011 when he caught 61 passes for 658 yards to go along with five touchdowns and with an injury as serious as the ACL–there’s no telling what to expect from him when he returns to the field. Nelson’s numbers are average, but they’re not the type where any team is going to bend over backwards to try and sign him.

If a team like Buffalo is willing to let him test the market so easily, it shows what type of impact he really has as a wide receiver in the NFL. There’s no question that one team will most likely give Nelson a shot in 2013–it’s just a matter of which team that will be.

Of course, this also means the Bills will most likely be exploring their options at wide receiver during the off-season–so it should be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.

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