Chargers sign wide receiver/kicker returner Jacoby Jones
SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers on Friday signed Jacoby Jones, the wide receiver and kicker returner who was a major contributor to the Ravens' last Super Bowl championship but who was cut by Baltimore last week.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said in announcing Jones' two-year deal that one of San Diego's offseason goals was to upgrade its return game.
Said 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.''
The 30-year-old Jones played three seasons with Baltimore after a five-year run with Houston.
Jones' most memorable plays with the Ravens both occurred in the 2012 postseason. He caught a 70-yard touchdown throw from Joe Flacco to force overtime against Denver and returned a kickoff 108 yards to spark a Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
He returned a kickoff 108 yards last season against Pittsburgh, but he had only nine catches compared to 37 in 2013.
Jones' release last week made some salary-cap room for the Ravens and gave him time to latch on with another team.
Jones was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season. In 44 games with Baltimore, he returned six kicks for touchdowns and owned a franchise-record 30.1-yard career kickoff return average.
He also caught 76 passes for 992 yards and three touchdowns in regular season play.