The future of Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones remains unresolved.
The Ravens are interested in potentially bringing back the pending unrestricted free agent depending upon his salary demands, according to sources.
If Jones is looking for the $4 million he earned last season through a $3 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus, then he'll likely be regarded as an unaffordable luxury item due to the Ravens' relatively tight salary-cap situation.
Should Jones test free agency and not garner offers in the $3 million to $4 million range, then the Ravens would likely be willing to retain him at a lower price.
Signing the explosive return man prior to free agency by reaching a financial compromise prior to other teams having a chance to bid on him is regarded as unlikely. Nothing is imminent, according to sources.
There are scenarios where the Ravens could spend less money on the returner position. They're expected to bring in other wide receivers via the draft or free agency. So, that could affect Jones' prospects for returning.
Jones, 29, returned a kickoff for a touchdown during a dramatic December win over the Minnesota Vikings, also catching 37 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns. He missed four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered during a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos.
Jones was cut by the Houston Texans during the spring of 2011 when new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was the Texans' head coach. That was before Jones signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Ravens.
Now that Kubiak has been hired by the Ravens, Kubiak made it a point to say he has maintained a good rapport with Jones since the Texans cut ties with the New Orleans native.
"I've got a great relationship with Jacoby," Kubiak said. "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."
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