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.