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Greg Jones signs with Texans


Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t going to be happy.

The Jaguars running back was unhappy to learn that fullback Greg Jones was visiting with Jacksonville’s AFC South rivals from Houston, so he should be even less enthused by the news that Jones won’t be leaving Houston. PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Texans and Jones have agreed to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the contract aren’t available.

Jones has played his entire eight-year career with the Jaguars, opening up holes for Fred Taylor and Jones-Drew. He was used a fair amount as a runner early in his career, compiling 255 carries in his first four seasons, but has carried the ball just 15 times in the last four years.

With Arian Foster and Ben Tate on the squad, the Texans probably aren’t looking to return Jones to heavy use as a rusher. He’ll be expected to provide the same kind of run blocking that the team’s gotten from Vonta Leach and James Casey in recent seasons, a task Jones is well-suited for after so many years doing the same thing for the Jags.

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20 Responses to “Greg Jones signs with Texans”
  1. tdubdizzle says: Mar 27, 2013 1:22 PM

    The Texans just keep on getting better. All they need is a QB now.

  2. wjcain23 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:23 PM


  3. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 27, 2013 1:25 PM


  4. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 27, 2013 1:31 PM

    Foster trying to be like MJD. Jones will be down by training camp with hammy and or some type of ailment. 8 years of it in Jax! Shoulda signed a younger hungry beast than some pld broke down reject from your Texans need more than a QB. They need to go ahead and move to LA. BAHHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHHHAHAHAHAHA

  5. texansreppin713 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:32 PM

    Man this is great. Now on to the draft. Hopkins Hopkins Hopkins I say Hopkins.

  6. reed20fence says: Mar 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Solid signing. This is why I like the Texans. While everyone else is obsessed with the air game and gimmick offenses, the Texans are committed to a tough, hard-nose run game.

  7. mpact63 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:54 PM

    Sorry MJD…but he’s a TEXAN now!

  8. snikerbotloot says: Mar 27, 2013 1:57 PM

    tdubdizzle says:
    Mar 27, 2013 1:22 PM
    The Texans just keep on getting better. All they need is a QB now.

    And another WR opposite AJ, something they annually miss out on…

    They may be better but they’re still not good enough to win a Super Bowl. Surprised with the team they had last season they didn’t even chase after Peyton Manning. Schaub is not the answer for them.

  9. northshorejag says: Mar 27, 2013 1:58 PM

    Bummer. This was one of gene smith’s quiet second rounders during the Shack era

  10. notwithkubiak says: Mar 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    Still won’t do a dang thing without a new head coach..

  11. notwithkubiak says: Mar 27, 2013 1:59 PM

    Still won’t do a thing without a new head coach..

  12. therealpittbull says: Mar 27, 2013 2:03 PM

    Great pickup. Jones is an intimidating force at fullback, and just the bully the Texans need on offense. Some guys sit due to injuries, knowing they have nothing to play for. As the case for Jones in Jacksonville. May not be the highest ethics, but how can you blame someone playing a violent sport, risking all for nothing. Go Texans, go get that ring.

  13. dalucks says: Mar 27, 2013 2:20 PM

    I hope DT Richard Seymour is the next free agent signing in Houston along with a veteran WR.
    Brandon Lloyd would make sense at WR but even Randy Moss or Terrell Owens would be an upgrade over Kevin Walter.
    Either way, this is the part of free agency where veterans take the 1 year, 1 million dollar deals as the overspending phase of free agency has ended.
    Let the bargain season begin.

  14. swagjag says: Mar 27, 2013 2:21 PM

    The first move of the Caldwell era I don’t like. Greg Jones is a beast with plenty left in the tank. Vastly underrated.

  15. jags2daship says: Mar 27, 2013 2:37 PM

    Makes me sad, he was always one of my favorite Jags. Probably the toughest s o b to ever play for the Jaguars. We will miss you Greg.

  16. rollteal says: Mar 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    This is a great shame. He was a great and very undervalued FB which should have gotten more carries.
    It will be tough seeing him in deep steel & battle red.

  17. kayakattack says: Mar 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    Arian Foster 2k?

  18. tmac4454 says: Mar 27, 2013 3:10 PM

    You should have seen Greg Jones in his collegiate days. He really was a beast. I use to love see him punish defenders in the open field.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 27, 2013 3:30 PM

    It was already tough to get to Foster. Jones was going to get paid due to his years of success and an 8th year FB doesn’t bring enough to a team looking 2-3 years down the road in a rebuilding movement.

    Great Jaguar. Selfless player. Led the way for MJD to win a Rushing Title.

    WHY did he have to go in the conference? Ugh. He should have gone to Minnesota & blocked for AP.

  20. bullsonparade1977 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:12 PM

    As a Texan fan I can admit I didn’t know a lot about this guy, but i’m encouraged to hear all the jags fans compliment him as i’m sure he deserves. I’m eager to see him in deep steel blue and battle red. welcome to Houston Mr.Jones…

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