It has been talked about all over Twitter and I've heard fans ask if the Ravens would be trading for the former Raven wide receiver and returner before the trade deadline on Tuesday. As we know now, the Ravens didn't end up trading for Jones and we'll likely never see him back in purple again.
With San Diego releasing Jones Tuesday, it has cropped up yet again as fans want a reunion. While a fan favorite in his time in Baltimore, Jones was not a capable wide receiver, especially in his later years with the team. Even though fans will always remember his Mile High Miracle catch and his kickoff return in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, those are simply select memories of a receiver with limited, diminishing talent.
Few fans remember his dropped passes and muffed passes that caused him to be released from his original home in the Houston Texans, and then from Baltimore. Few fans remember how he would disappear for games at a time as a receiver or be so far down the depth chart in his final year, that he saw no real action. Try this on for size...
In 2014, his final year as a Raven, Jones would fumble the ball 4 times as a returner. As a receiver, he had only 9 receptions for 131 yards and no touchdowns. As if that wasn't bad enough, he has no receptions in San Diego and currently has a 21.4 yard average on kick returns and a total of -4 yards total on punt returns! He currently ranks 53rd in the NFL on his kick return average. For even the veteran minimum, Jones displays no upgrade over a younger player that would play for less and has more potential as both a returner and receiver.
Just in case you forgot, here is his play during the San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens game from Sunday.
Jacoby Jones let's ball fall, losing field position and all the momentum. If there was one play that stood ... https://t.co/qi5MRS1Kvw— Daniel Szalma (@DanielSzalma) November 3, 2015
Asa Jackson BLOWS UP former teammate Jacoby Jones on punt return. https://t.co/MNcaS4Lo70— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) November 1, 2015
Too often NFL teams display a loyalty to it's players and it's fans by keeping people around longer than they should. If the Ravens' ability to let legends like linebacker Ray Lewis test free agency and safety Ed Reed go to the Houston Texans, it should show that once general manager Ozzie Newsome shows you the door, you rarely come back. That even goes for players we have such fond memories of.
Sadly for fans, there will not be a Jacoby Jones and Baltimore Ravens reunion. It's a positive thing.