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The Ravens have hauled in a returner and wide receiver.
Baltimore has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with former Texan Jacoby Jones. The deal is reportedly worth $7 million.
“Adding Jacoby gives us another proven down-field weapon in our passing game and production with our returns,” General Manger Ozzie Newsome said. “His experience makes the offense better, and the competition he brings can help raise our levels at receiver and with punt and kickoff returns.”
Jacoby Jones Highlights
Two of Jones’ former teammates who are now Ravens, fullback Vonta Leach and safety Bernard Pollard, expressed congratulatory messages via Twitter.
Jones is a proven special-teams returner for the Ravens, who are looking to take cornerback Lardarius Webb off those duties and have top kick returner David Reed returning from knee surgery.
Jones returned 49 punts last year for a 10.6-yard average, including a 79-yard touchdown. He didn’t return kickoffs last season, but has 64 career returns for a 23.3-yard average and one touchdown.
Ravens fans may remember Jones, however, for fumbling a punt in the AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium last season that led to a Baltimore touchdown.
A third-round pick in 2007, Jones also adds more competition to the Ravens’ No. 3 wide receiver battle. In 10 starts and 16 games played last year, Jones caught 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns. His career high was in 2010 when he snagged 51 balls for 562 yards and three scores.
He caught four passes for 76 yards against Baltimore in Week 6, including a 32-yard touchdown in which he got behind safety Ed Reed.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder is an explosive downfield threat who will compete with Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, David Reed and Tommy Streeter.
The Ravens tried to ink wide receiver/returner Tedd Ginn Jr. in the first phase of free agency before the draft, but he opted to re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers.
Jones was cut by the Texans after the team drafted wide receivers DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.