With Keenan Allen on injured reserve, the Chargers need receivers. Which, in theory, would give receiver Jacoby Jones more opportunities.
And he’ll get those opportunities. With another team.
The Chargers have announced that Jones has been released. Since he wasn’t officially released before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the vested veteran will be subject to waivers. Which means that any team that claims him will have to pick up the balance of his $900,000 base salary.
Jones signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal in March. He received $1.6 million to sign.
If unclaimed via waivers, Jones becomes a free agent. If the Chargers had cut him before 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jones could have collected the balance of his salary as termination pay, signed with another team, and double dipped.
Primarily a return specialist in San Diego, Jones gained minus-four yards on five punt returns, along with nine kickoffs for 193 yards.
Jones previously played for the receiver-needy Ravens, who could be inclined to consider making a waivers claim, allowing the Chargers to get off the hook for the remaining $476,470 of his base pay.