Free Agent Outlook: Jacoby JonesPosted on February 11, 2014 by Will Grabill
This series highlights the players who had a substantial impact on the team’s success last season, but are headed for free agency this offseason.
After 5 underwhelming seasons in Houston, Jacoby Jones had a career revitalization the past 2 years in Baltimore where he excelled as a returner and improved as a receiver. At the end of his 2 year $6.5 million deal, the biggest question mark surrounding Jones’ return is how much he will cost the cash-strapped Ravens to resign.
Pro Football Focus Season Grade: +1.3 on 573 snaps
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Will He Stay?
A fan favorite and pro-bowl caliber returner, Jacoby Jones has brought lots of excitement and memorable plays to Baltimore over the past 2 seasons. However great his return abilities were, his performance as the #2 receiver in Baltimore’s offense was not good. With limited funds and quality replacements, the Ravens may be inclined to part ways with Jacoby. However, for a team in need of a returner and a deep threat, the 29 year old Jones may again prove his doubters wrong and continue to improve as a playmaker.
The Ravens have a serious wide receiver problem. If Jacoby returns, another player would still need to be added as the #2 wide receiver. If Jacoby leaves via free agency, the Ravens will need to address the receiver position very early in the draft. Torrey Smith is a capable #1 receiver, and undrafted rookie Marlon Brown was a pleasant surprise in the #3 role. After these two, the Ravens have no starter quality players, mostly just depth players with potential. Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson highlight this second tier of players that could make an impact if they improve mightily over the offseason. Still, look for the Ravens to add a receiver or two over the course of the NFL Draft.
Signs elsewhere 3 years $12 million