Jones, who caught 31 balls for 512 yards and also served as Houston’s primary punt returner, was released by the Texas last week. He was due to make $3 million next season in the second year of a three-year pact.
He also was made more expendable when Houston drafted receivers in the third and fourth round, selecting Ohio State’s DeVier Posey and Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin.
Jones, 27, has caught 127 passes for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns in 75 career games. As a punt returner, the speedster has averaged 10.6 yards per return with three touchdowns. He didn’t return kickoffs last year, but he has done it in his career, averaging 23.3 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown.
The Ravens drafted a wide receiver (Miami’s Tommy Streeter) in the sixth round, and a return specialist (Cal Poly’s Asa Jackson) in the fifth round. However, they’d still like to add some depth at both spots.
They also are optimistic about the progress of second-year receivers Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams, but Jones would give the Ravens a veteran option at the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, along with more speed on the outside.
Ironically, Jones may have sealed his fate with the Texans when he fumbled twice, losing one of them in their 20-13 loss to the Ravens in an AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium in mid-January. His muffed punt led to a Ravens’ touchdown.
Jones has already visited with the Carolina Panthers after his release from the Texans. The Ravens currently have less than $2 million of salary cap space.
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