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Texans sign former Rams punter Donnie Jones

Donnie Jones

St. Louis Rams punter Donnie Jones heads out to practice during NFL football training camp Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Rams’ training facility in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


A league source tells Florio that punter Donnie Jones has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Texans.

Jones, who turns 32 before the season, spent the last five years punting for the Rams. His 37.0 net average in 2011 was the worst of that tenure, and ranked 31st in the NFL.

The Texans are in search of competition and insurance for Brett Hartmann, who is coming off torn ACL and facing a three-game suspension to open the 2012 season.

Health allowing after the suspension ends, Hartmann shouldn’t struggle to beat out Jones.