Patriots Release WR Donald Jones

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July 19, 2013 at 04:18pm ET

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According to multiple reports, the Patriots have released wide receiver Donald Jones, just a few months after signing him to a three-year deal back in March.

Our cap expert Miguel Benzan reports that the move comes just days before Jones was set to receive a $200,000 reporting bonus.

On the surface one would have to believe that after working him in the system the team felt that he wasn't a good fit, and releasing him at this point not only helps them financially, but also gives the veteran an opportunity to seek employment before other teams open training camp.

New England opens their own training camp next week at Gillette Stadium, with their first public practice scheduled on Friday at 9:00am.