Wide receiver Jacoby Jones was scoring touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens in last year's playoffs and Super Bowl because he was cut that offseason by the Houston Texans and then-head coach Gary Kubiak.
Did Jones' chances of returning go down when Kubiak became the Ravens' offensive coordinator? Kubiak says no.
"I've got a great relationship with Jacoby," Kubiak said. "I don't want to say I was like a father figure to him, but he was like one of my children. We went through Jacoby's early career, where he was growing not only as a player, but as a man. I can tell you this: I'm so proud of him."
Kubiak added, "I called him right after [the Ravens] won the Super Bowl. I'm so proud of the man he's become, as well as the player. I look forward to seeing him."
Even if Kubiak isn't an obstacle, Jones' asking price could be. Jones earned $4 million last season, which may be more than what the Ravens are willing to pay him again. Jones is a dynamic playmaker, and he continually made big plays throughout the Ravens' four-game winning streak that occurred during the second half of the season. But he has more value as a returner than a wide receiver to the Ravens. Jones finished third on the team with 37 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Ravens see Jones as a returner, they shouldn't pay him more than $2 million per season. Ted Ginn signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Carolina Panthers last season and Devin Hester made $1.8 million last season for the Chicago Bears. Other teams, ones with more cap room, may go higher than that.