Baltimore Ravens: Could Former Texans Wide Receiver Jacoby Jones Be an Option?

Dee LetedCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

Jacoby Jones played a key part in the Baltimore Ravens' divisional playoff win last January.

Unfortunately for Jones, he was playing for the Houston Texans at the time.

The veteran kick returner muffed a punt deep in Ravens' territory that was recovered by rookie Jimmy Smith. The mishap allowed Joe Flacco an easy touchdown pass to tight end Kris Wilson a few plays later. In a game that was decided by a touchdown, the play was obviously critical.

This season, Jones may have another chance to help out the Ravens' special teams, only this time it would be intentionally.

According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the former Texan visited with the Ravens yesterday.

Free agent WR Jacoby Jones is visiting the Ravens. Visited Carolina last week and is in-demand since his release by the Texans.

Jones was released by the Texans last week after the team failed to trade him during the NFL Draft. 

A former third-round pick, Jones will likely be replaced by the Texans' 2012 third-round pick, DeVier Posey out of Ohio State.

Jones was set to make about $3 million dollars next season.

Even after using a fifth-round pick on cornerback Asa Jackson, the Ravens could still use some other options at kick returner, and adding a veteran wide receiver would be useful as well.

The biggest questions would be whether or not the Ravens have the cap space, and whether or not they think Jones fits Ozzie Newsome's "right player, right price" philosophy.

If the Ravens can get a short-term deal done close to the veteran minimum, Jones could compete with second-year receivers Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams, as well as rookie Tommy Streeter, for the third wide receiver spot.

He would also compete with David Reed and Asa Jackson for kick- and punt-return duties.

There is no word yet on whether or not the Ravens have made Jones an offer.