The Ravens landed the veteran wide receiver and kick returner that they have been seeking, agreeing to a two-year, $7 million deal today with former Houston Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones.
Jones visited with Ravens officials over the past couple of days.
The news was first revealed on Twitter by current Ravens, Vonta Leach and Bernard Pollard who were teammates of Jones' in Houston, and it was confirmed by industry sources.
Jones, who caught 31 balls for 512 yards and also served as Houston’s primary punt returner, was released by the Texans last week. He was due to make $3 million next season in the second year of a three-year pact.
Jones, 27, has caught 127 passes for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns in 75 career games. As a punt returner, the speedster has averaged 10.6 yards per return with three touchdowns. He didn’t return kickoffs last year, but he has done it in his career, averaging 23.3 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown.
The Ravens also are optimistic about the progress of second-year receivers Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams, but Jones would give the Ravens a veteran option at the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, along with more speed on the outside.
Ironically, Jones may have sealed his fate with the Texans when he fumbled twice, losing one of them in their 20-13 loss to the Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium in mid-January. His muffed punt led to a Ravens’ touchdown.