The Chargers released ex-Ravens wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones, the team announced Tuesday. Would the Ravens, needing help at wide receiver, be interested in signing Jones? Don’t hold your breath.
Jones is clearly not the same player he was in 2012, when he helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl. Last season, Jones caught just nine passes for 131 yards, his lowest totals in three seasons with the Ravens.
Ironically, Jones made a key mistake during the Ravens’ 29-26 victory Sunday that led to his exit from San Diego.
With just over nine minutes left, Jones failed to field a 62-yard Sam Koch punt. The ball rolled the final 19 yards to the Chargers’ three-yard line, pinning them deep. The Chargers went three-and-out, and the Ravens took possession at the San Diego 38-yard line. Six plays later, Joe Flacco scored on a quarterback sneak, and the Ravens took a 26-23 lead.
Asked Monday if Jones was still his punt returner, Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters, “Yes.” Then after a pause, McCoy added, “As of right now.”
Jones had already been struggling. The Chargers have just one punt return yard in eight games, and they have begun drives, on average, at the 19.3 yard-line after kickoffs. That is the worst starting point average after kickoffs in the NFL.
Jones, who is 31 years old, signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Chargers in March after the Ravens released him. If unclaimed on waivers, Jones would become a free agent. But even after losing Keenan Allen to a kidney injury during Sunday’s game, the Chargers decided to release Jones, who has not caught a pass all season.
For all of those reasons, a Jones return to Baltimore does not seem likely.