Ravens WR Jacoby Jones had one of the greatest plays in NFL history, taking back a Super Bowl-record 108-yard kickoff return for a TD in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Baltimore Ravens have announced the release of WR Jacoby Jones, one of the key contributors to their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ravens announced the release of the 8-year return man on the team website. Jones had been with the team on a three-year contract after being signed as a free agent in 2012.
“We thank Jacoby for what he did for us,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “He was invaluable to our success. Opponents, especially on special teams, schemed to stop him. What a compliment to him.”
Jones’ first year with the Ravens was arguably his best, leading the NFL with 2 kickoff returns for TDs, including a team-record 108-yard TD, that led to a Pro Bowl and All-Pro Selection. But his amazing kick return contributions didn’t stop there. In Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers, Jones set a Super Bowl record with a 108-yard kick return to give the Ravens the momentum needed to win the game. It was the longest kick return in NFL history and the longest play in Super Bowl history.
But at age 30 – set to be 31 by the start of the 2015 season – Jones just wasn’t a part of the team’s long-term plans.
“We think he can still play in the NFL, and releasing him now allows him a better opportunity to land with another team,” Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said.
In his three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Jones recorded 76 receptions for 992 yards and 3 TDs on offense, with one PR TD and three KR TDs on special teams, two of which went for 108 yards – tied for the 2nd longest in NFL history.