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Ravens ink Jacoby Jones to two-year, $7 million deal

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(Credits: Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle)

The Baltimore Ravens signed former Houston Texans wide receiver and kick returner, Jacoby Jones, to a two-year, $7 million deal on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Carroll County Times.

Jones, 27, visited the Ravens this week after meeting with the Carolina Panthers last week.

The former Lane College standout hauled in 31 passes for 512 yards and two touchdowns last season. Jones is renowned as one of the league’s best return men, averaging 10.6 yards per punt return with three touchdowns. He also has a career 23.3 yard average on kickoff returns with one touchdown.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Jones is now the immediate favorite to take over as the Ravens’ No. 3 receiver behind starters Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. Besides Boldin and Smith, the other wideouts on the Ravens combined for just eight catches last season, and the team was looking to add another vertical threat for quarterback Joe Flacco.

Not only will Jones provide the team with another legitimate downfield target, but he will likely become the Ravens’ primary kick returner and punt returner, areas in which the team struggled in last season.

Fans of the Ravens might remember Jones for his muffed first quarter punt that set up the Ravens’ first touchdown in their 20-14 victory over the Texans in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. He later fumbled another punt in the game, but the Texans were able to recover.

Or, Ravens fans might remember Jones for his 32-yard touchdown pass he hauled in for the Texans in the Week 6 game between the two teams at M&T Bank Stadium.

Jones becomes the third former Texan to join the Ravens in the past two years, the others being Vonta Leach and Bernard Pollard, both of whom played very well in 2011.