Baltimore Ravens Meet with Free-Agent WR Jacoby Jones

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIMay 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22:  Jacoby Jones #12 of the Houston Texans runs with the ball during the NFL against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Ravens have been showing interest in free-agent receiver Jacoby Jones, according to an report.

This comes as a bit of a surprise considering the overwhelming support that the Ravens' front office has shown for their existing receivers.

At the time of Eric DeCosta's comments in support of his receivers, the Ravens' lacked a sure-fire third option, as Tandon Doss, Tommy Streeter, David Reed and LaQuan Williams are all too raw to make a major impact as receivers.

While Jacoby Jones wouldn't be guaranteed to be the main third option should he end up signing in Baltimore, he brings the most experience and explosion.

Jones' main strengths as a receiver are his size and speed, which make him a dangerous deep threat. He could possibly allow Anquan Boldin to move into the slot in three-receiver sets, making the Ravens dangerous in passing situations.

More importantly, maybe, is the contributions Jones would make as a punt returner. He would be an upgrade over Lardarius Webb, and he would allow Webb to focus on defense.

Jones has consistently been an elite punt returner throughout his career. He's one of only a handful of players currently in the NFL to consistently produce as a returner.

The price for Jones shouldn't be high, so the Ravens' unwillingness to pay big for free agents shouldn't come into play here.

All in all, Jones seems like he would be an absolutely perfect fit in Baltimore. He would be an affordable option who would upgrade both the Ravens' receiving corps and special teams.