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Patriots release WR Donald Jones, sign two others

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  July 19, 2013 03:51 PM

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The Patriots released wide receiver Donald Jones and signed two rookie free agent receivers, Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims.

Jones, a four-year veteran, signed with the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Buffalo March 15. His release frees up precious practice repetitions for rookie receivers Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. The move also bolsters Michael Jenkins' chance at making the team's 53-man roster and gives young receivers Kamar Aiken and Kenbrell Thompkins a decent shot at contributing.

Jones signed a three-year, $3.41 million contract with the Patriots after three mildly successful seasons for the Bills, catching 82 passes for 887 yards and six touchdowns in his career. But the deal did not include any guaranteed money, and the Patriots avoided paying Jones a $200,000 reporting bonus by cutting him before the start of training camp.

Ashford, 5-11 and 182 pounds, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns out of Northern Illinois before being released May 30. In 48 college games, he recorded 110 receptions for 1,192 yards.

Sims, 6-3 and 202 pounds, caught 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns last season at Tennessee-Martin.

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