Sources reported that WR Jacoby Jones joined the Chargers on a deal of two years, in what price per head sportsbooks believe is a very good move by the team.
“One of our offseason goals was to improve our special teams, specifically upgrading our return game,” said Chargers GM Tom Telesco. “We feel Jacoby brings a dynamic aspect to our kick and punt returns that we need, and he also has solid experience playing wide receiver.”
In February, the Ravens released Jones after a very tough season endured by a player who was a Super Bowl star. One year before this, the WR signed again with the Chargers on what was a deal worth $12m, running for four years.
A 30-year-old Jones ended up dropping five passes as a WR and in 2014 two punts were muffed by him. Baltimore made the decision to not pay the 2.5m salary for the season of 2015 by releasing him from the team.
Even though he was struggling, the WR turned out to be one of a couple of players to have a top 10 ranking last season in both punt and kickoff returns. The other one was the Bengals’ Adam Jones. In the league, Jacoby Jones ended in second place when it came to kickoff returns, with an average of 30.6 yards, and he returned a 108-yard kickoff for a TD in a game against the Steelers.
Last season, Jones did not make a very big impact at all as a WR, as he only caught 9 passes, which since 2008 is the fewest amount caught by him. Too many passes were dropped by the player, and he ended up losing his position as the third ranked WR.
And only two years passed when the player helped Baltimore clinch a title in a Super Bowl. The WR was able to catch a TD pass for 56 yards, and he scored on a kickoff return of 108 yards in the team’s win of 34-31 over San Francisco. Price per head sportsbooks saw that earlier on, during that run for the title, the player caught a TD pass from 70 yards with 44 seconds remaining against the Broncos, something that helped the team go to overtime in what was a 38-35 win that sent them to the championship game of the AFC.