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Jacoby Jones visiting Bengals, Titans up next, source says

Will Jacoby Jones, the former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner, land in the AFC North?

Former Ravens wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones could be staying in the AFC North division. Jones is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, according to a source.

The Tennessee Titans are Jones' next scheduled visit, the source said.

Jones' four-year, $12 million contract was terminated last week by the Ravens, saving them $750,000 against the salary cap.

Team officials and teammates said they anticipated the 2012 Pro Bowl selection would be released despite his past success with the team. Jones, 30, became much less reliable last season in terms of ball security, fumbling four times and losing two.

However, Jones also scored two touchdowns in the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones’ legacy with the Ravens includes the so-called “Mile-High Miracle” in which he tied a 2013 AFC divisional-round playoff win over the Denver Broncos. That score, on which Jones ran past Broncos free safety Rahim Moore, led to the Ravens winning the game in overtime on a field goal from Justin Tucker, which allowed them to reach the AFC championship game. Jones set Super Bowl records with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 290 all-purpose yards versus the 49ers.

He was due a $2.5 million base salary in 2015 and was one year into a contract that included a $3.5 million signing bonus.

Jones made $4.5 million last season, but didn’t hit a $500,000 incentive clause for receptions. The New Orleans native caught just nine passes for 131 yards and zero touchdowns last season after he dropped several passes at the start of the season and lost playing time.

Jones averaged 9.2 yards per punt return last season. He averaged 30.6 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown, a 108-yard kickoff return in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He ranked second in the NFL in kickoff return average.

he has returned four punts and five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career, sixth in NFL history. Including the playoffs, he has 10 returns for touchdowns.

In 44 games with the Ravens, Jones averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return to rank first in franchise history. He averaged 9.9 yards per punt return, including a 63-yard touchdown in 2012.

He caught 76 passes for 992 yards and three touchdowns over the past three seasons.

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