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Texans release Jacoby Jones

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There were reports over the weekend that the Texans were trying to trade wide receiver Jacoby Jones for a draft pick, but nothing came to fruition.

That wasn’t enough for Jones to keep his job in Houston, though. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans have released the five-year veteran. The move will save the Texans about $2.5 million under the salary cap.

Jones, who was set to make $3 million this season, probably saw the writing on the wall when the Texans drafted DeVier Posey in the third round and Keshawn Martin in the fourth round. Posey is expected to see a lot of time in receiver packages while Martin was a good punt returner at Michigan State. Jones has done a nice job in that role at times for Houston, but he also had a crucial fumble in the playoff loss to the Ravens.

Jones caught 127 passes over his years with the Texans, but never really made good on multiple opportunities to earn a starring role in the offense. His best chance of finding work this offseason will likely come as a kick and punt returner. Jones has four touchdowns in those roles in his career.

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46 Responses to “Texans release Jacoby Jones”
  1. skinswiz21 says: May 1, 2012 5:02 PM

    I sure my team doesn’t sign him. My fantasy team sure won’t!

  2. skinstidecubsfan says: May 1, 2012 5:04 PM

    please come to washington man!

  3. ledhed1212 says: May 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    Was time to go….. That muffed punt inside the 5 in the Hou/Bal playoff game was UNFORGIVEABLE…..!

  4. tomcous says: May 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    He hasn’t lived up to his billing, but he will have interest on the market as a FREE AGENT.

  5. blacknole08 says: May 1, 2012 5:06 PM

    Some team could use a slot receiver and returner. He will find work somewhere.

  6. medtxpack says: May 1, 2012 5:08 PM

    callin MN…or St Louis….

  7. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: May 1, 2012 5:10 PM

    Obligatory “come to Detroit” comment from Lions fan in 4,3,2,1……

  8. needle379 says: May 1, 2012 5:10 PM

    Hands down Best offseason move Texans have made!

  9. myleathasosoft says: May 1, 2012 5:14 PM

    About time, what took so long! Jacoby is a talented guy he will find work in the National Football League with some team.

  10. jackblackshairyback says: May 1, 2012 5:16 PM

    I’d rather have Gaffney.

  11. txtuff says: May 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    Changing teams and getting a 2nd chance may work out for him, but it was time for the Texans to let him go. Now I can stop following him on Twitter, so hard to figure out what the hell he is writing LOL.

  12. bmoreravenz503 says: May 1, 2012 5:22 PM

    Ravens will bring him in

  13. slingingsh1t says: May 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    Wow! from one of the building blocks of the future to released in what? 6 months……should have applied yourself more, Too bad you couldn’t have spoke to Rashaan Salaam a couple of years ago.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: May 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    he will get another shot somewhere

  15. monctonvike says: May 1, 2012 5:24 PM

    Might add some depth to the vikes. They are pretty young at that spot. They were said to be interested in getting someone besides percy to return kicks. Although he would likely just be a backup. He might get to contribute, on the field with the vikes than may other teams

  16. nlombardi117 says: May 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    browns?

  17. 1buckeye76 says: May 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    Posey could end up being a good pro receiver… he never played with an accurate passer while at OSU. good luck DeVier!

  18. stampede101 says: May 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    Wow…with him and Gaffney on the market some team can clean up on a couple bargains.

  19. letsgolos says: May 1, 2012 5:27 PM

    Baltimore.

  20. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 1, 2012 5:29 PM

    Steeler Nation doesn’t want you. We have deemed you unworthy.

  21. 7thlombardiontheway says: May 1, 2012 5:34 PM

    ♫ We’re on top of the world, Jack! So much better than you. ♫

  22. JSpicoli says: May 1, 2012 5:36 PM

    He had hands down one of the best fair catches on the 6 yard line I’ve ever seen.

    Truly unique.

  23. daysend564 says: May 1, 2012 5:42 PM

    He’ll stay in Texas.

  24. ramjam28 says: May 1, 2012 5:48 PM

    7thlombardiontheway is the coolest person to grace this site. Congrats on everything you have accomplished! I hope that the Steelers hold up that 7th trophy well after you are gone.. I

  25. august1969 says: May 1, 2012 5:50 PM

    Gaffney and Jones would do well with Brady…probably better than Ocho, Stallworth, Gonzales, and Branch.

    But that is for the 4th passing option on the team.

    The Saints scoring Sproles was the best move ever. Imagine the Pats with him. Geesh.

  26. drglory says: May 1, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ding dong, the witch is dead

  27. b1unt3d says: May 1, 2012 6:00 PM

    Jacoby Jones > Eric Weems.

  28. gdeli says: May 1, 2012 6:04 PM

    put on the vikes and have AP show him how to hold the ball safely.

  29. miles1988dez says: May 1, 2012 6:07 PM

    Sign with the cowboys. Just get open, stay healthy and you’ll get 32 mil after 1 season

  30. finfan4lyfe says: May 1, 2012 6:10 PM

    If Miami is smart he’s already spoke to Ireland. this guy is a stud, Andre Johnson taught, teammate that just got let go and he’s kinda on fire right now, the texans just let him go cause of financials, He is way ahead of any rookies in I see fire in his way of playing. Hope Mia doesn’t slip on this guy. personally.

  31. trojanwarrior007 says: May 1, 2012 6:13 PM

    Jerrah Jones on line 1.

  32. marissa227 says: May 1, 2012 6:17 PM

    I agree head north to jerryville

  33. tx526 says: May 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    This guy was the hardest player ever to watch. You had to flip a coin if he would catch a tough reception or drop any easy pass and do something just plain idiotic. Danced the jig from sideline to sideline every punt return and when he finally decided to go north, it was 2 yards and a cloud of dust. Most of the big plays he made, hence the 2011 Tampa game, we’re due to blown coverages. He’s fast but can’t separate from defenders. The front office gave this guy every chance to develop but he just couldn’t get his head on straight. I wish it would’ve worked out but he needs to go. At least we won’t have to see him out on the town with his goon squad “entourage” anymore partying it up like he’s the 2nd coming of Jerry Rice. I must say, he was entertaining though on sports radio.

  34. tx526 says: May 1, 2012 6:21 PM

    At least with his punt return moves, he’s a future contestant on Dancing with the Stars.

  35. joegibbsisking says: May 1, 2012 6:35 PM

    The Shana Clan will sign Jones before 8 PM

  36. TeamBalco says: May 1, 2012 6:37 PM

    He’ll make a great return man for any team that picks him up.

  37. Manny Gonzalez says: May 1, 2012 6:38 PM

    Ravens baby!!!! This guy still has some gas in the tank.

  38. ballboy48 says: May 1, 2012 6:47 PM

    The Browns may take a flier on him.

  39. raymondtx says: May 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    If he couldn’t beat out Kevin Walters…then he needed to go. Walters really should be the third wr. He is a gloried TE out there. He should not get a pass in my opinion, because he did nothing all season.

  40. petehemlock says: May 1, 2012 7:23 PM

    So John McClain went from Nakatomi Plaza to the Houston Chronicle?

  41. mnomalley says: May 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    Looks like Spielman is going to swoop in with the 1 year contract for Jones.

  42. rogerbrad says: May 1, 2012 8:41 PM

    I remember that fumble on a punt.

    I said game over. We lose. And we did.

  43. fordman84 says: May 1, 2012 9:25 PM

    Hope he just goes about 4 hours north on I-45

  44. flsnupe says: May 1, 2012 10:15 PM

    From a chat with the General at chron.com…

    12:10
    Comment From Rob
    What do you think of Dwight Jones saying he is the next Andre Johnson?

    12:10
    John McClain: I hope he can back it up. Right away, I see a difference. AJ was the third pick in the draft. Jones wasn’t drafted.

  45. bearsoxass says: May 1, 2012 10:47 PM

    To the name it want be a normal Disc

  46. danieladubay says: May 2, 2012 1:10 AM

    surprised that so many people want him. he is an average wr who benefited from teams doubling and putting their best player on andre johnson. i doubt that he will be anything but a depth guy anywhere.

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