2012 NFL Offseason: Jacoby Jones Reportedly Released by Houston Texans

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIMay 1, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15:  Jacoby Jones #12 of the Houston Texans is tackeled by  Haruki Nakamura #43 of the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won 20-13 in regulation.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Jacoby Jones was the subject of trade rumors throughout the latter part of the 2012 NFL draft.

Now, he is without a job, as the Houston Texans have reportedly released the 27-year-old wide receiver. 

Originally a 2007 third-round draft choice of the Texans out of Lane College, Jones performed as both a returner and a receiver in Houston, amassing career marks of 127 receptions for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns.

His most productive season as a pro was in 2010, during which he recorded 51 catches for 562 yards and three scores. In 2011, Jones' catch total dipped to just 31, but his 16.5 yards per catch average was 17th among qualified receivers.

Jones is considered a dangerous deep threat due to his size and speed combination, although he never developed into the reliable second receiver that Houston has been seeking to play alongside Andre Johnson.

Perhaps Jones' greatest value in the NFL has been his returning ability, as he has thrice taken a punt back for a score and has also returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

Part of Houston's motivation to release Jones was likely the savings they could earn on the salary cap. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that cutting Jones has saved Houston $2.5 million.