West Coast > Western New York.
Cardale Jones cried tears of joy Thursday upon learning that he had been traded from the Bills to the Chargers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Deadspin).
The back-up signal caller was shipped out of Buffalo in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick and seems to be excited about moving to Southern California, to say the least. Last week, Jones took to Twitter to pine about the lack of sushi in Buffalo. Now, he can have as many California rolls as his heart desires with the Chargers relocating to Los Angeles this offseason.
Jones rose from third-string college quarterback to NFL backup after leading Ohio State to the 2014 National Championship when J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller, both ahead of him on the depth chart, went down with injuries. With standout performances in the Big Ten Championship Game and both rounds of the college football playoff, Jones put himself in Ohio State’s quarterback rotation for 2015. Buffalo took him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
His first year in the NFL, however, was marked by a lack of playing time and, apparently, sushi. Jones only saw the field in a meaningless Week 17 matchup against the Jets, completing six of 11 passes for 96 yards and an interception. With a new regime in the front office, the Bills evidently saw fit to cut their losses.
Jones is expected to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Philip Rivers in Los Angeles. Kellen Clemens, a Jets retread, has had the backup job for a couple years and the team worked out Robert Griffin III this week.