And after spending his last two seasons with the team, the Ravens receiver is locked in to a four-year deal to stay in Baltimore, according to the Ravens official Twitter account:
Ravens have reached a 4-year agreement with WR Jacoby Jones. http://t.co/LsPQ5rGF8G— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 12, 2014
Josina Anderson of ESPN provides a look at the reported specifics of Jones' contract:
Here are the numbers: Source: Jacoby Jones re-signs with the Ravens on a 4-year deal for $14M and $4.5M guaranteed. #Ravens— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 12, 2014
Jason La Canfora of CBS provides his thoughts on the seven-year veteran returning to the franchise:
Ravens announce a 4yr deal to retain WR Jacoby Jones - a difference maker in the return game— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 12, 2014
Of those returns for the team, none was more important to the Ravens than the 108-yard one he brought back during the 2013 Super Bowl. Baltimore would eventually win by a final of 34-31, so Jones' return was certainly a crucial factor in the franchise winning its second Super Bowl in its history.
The re-signing also officially reunites Jones with former head coach Gary Kubiak from his time with the Houston Texans. Kubiak, now the Ravens' offensive coordinator, spoke about his former and now current player, who will play an important role in his offense, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:
I've got a great relationship with Jacoby. I don't want to say I was like a father figure to him, but he was like one of my children. We went through Jacoby's early career, where he was growing not only as a player, but as a man. I can tell you this: I'm so proud of him.
I called him right after [Ravens] won the Super Bowl. I'm so proud of the man he's become, as well as the player. I look forward to seeing him.
But Jones' time in Baltimore hasn't always been perfect. After being on Dancing With the Stars, Jones suffered a sprained MCL in Week 1 of the 2013 season and was reportedly involved in a fight with a stripper last year as well.
Though he has had his issues, Jones has also been a good receiver in Baltimore during his two seasons with the team. He eclipsed 400 yards receiving both seasons to go along with his 578 total punt return yards and 2,059 total kick return yards during his tenure.
Did the Ravens make the right move?
The Ravens weren't the only team attempting to court Jones during free agency. Jones paid a visit to the New York Giants, according to Anderson, a team that was in need of both an explosive return man and a veteran wide receiver.
With the return of Jones—pun intended—the Ravens yet again have a good option for a second or third receiver along with a skilled special teams player. And at just 29 years old, he should have enough left in the tank for the entire life of his contract.
Thanks to the addition in free agency, the Ravens now have keys to a good offense. With another receiver acquired in the NFL draft or even a potential addition of Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers if he's released, as Wilson is reporting, Baltimore could make for a return to the playoffs.