The Cincinnati Bengals have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Super Bowl XLVII hero, and former divisional rival, Jacoby Jones with news today that the player was visiting with the franchise.
Back in the North?
Jones is searching for a new team ahead of the 2015 NFL season having been released by the Baltimore Ravens just one year into a four year deal.
Primarily known for his returning abilities - who can forget that moment in the Ravens' Super Bowl win - Jones also operates at wide receiver and would add depth in both areas should the Bengals pursue the deal.
Jones didn't enjoy the best of seasons in 2014, the 30-year-old Louisiana native accruing just 131 yards on nine passes all year. Add to that four fumbles, two of which were lost, and Bengals fans may be wary when they see their side in discussions with the former Ravens man.
- Miami Dolphins actively seeking trade partner for Mike Wallace
- Jacoby Jones drawing interest from New York Giants
- Ray Rice makes an incredible claim about his time away
The Ravens clearly felt they could do without Jones, and the $3.375 million he would cost, moving forward but, whilst his stats as a receiver might look pretty ugly, his returning skills were still among the league's best.
Jones ranked second on average yards per kick off return (30.6) and was one of just six players to return a kick off for a touchdown during the 2014 regular season.
The only issue with Jones' 30.6 yards average is that the one man to top that last season is already in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform. Cornerback Adam Jones averaged 31.3 yards on his 27 attempts.
The thought process behind having a look at Jacoby Jones though, according to The Baltimore Sun, is as a replacement for wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate whom the Bengals are contemplating phasing out this offseason.
As well as the Bengals, Jacoby Jones is set to visit the Tennessee Titans in the coming days as he looks to find a roster for 2015.
What do you think Bengals fans? Would Jacoby Jones be an upgrade on Adam Jones on returns? Or is he still living off his Super Bowl heroics and is there a cheaper option in the draft? Let us know in the comments section below?
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