January 30, 2013
Jacoby Jones was almost a PantherNEW ORLEANS – Baltimore wideout Jacoby Jones almost didn't get a chance to enjoy his mother's gumbo this week.
Jones, a New Orleans native, visited Charlotte last spring on a free agent tour and was set to sign with the Panthers. But after his agent encouraged him to take his final visit to Baltimore, Jones signed with the Ravens and ended up in his hometown for his first Super Bowl.
Jones said he met with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski during his visit, and came away impressed.
“It was great,” Jones said Wednesday. “I was like, 'Man, I'm leaning this way.'”
Jones said the Panthers' offer was similar to the two-year, $7 million deal he received from the Ravens, whose team unity was the deciding factor.
“When I walked in the locker room, I was done. I was like, 'I'm signing,'” Jones said. “How these guys act to each other, it was like a family.”
Jones' 30 receptions were third most among the Ravens' wideouts, trailing Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. He averaged 30.7 yards a kick return – tops among players with at least 17 returns.
Jones said he would have been the Panthers' No. 3 wideout, but wasn't sure he would get to return both kicks and punts.
“They were kind of decided of Brandon LaFell” as the second wideout, Jones said. “He played pretty well. They had a returner (Kealoha Pilares). And they had a guy (Joe Adams) they drafted. I was looking at that, too.”
With a Super Bowl trip that included his mother making 150 plates of Cajun food for the Ravens, Jones said he made the right choice.
“The fun part is playing in the Super Bowl, period. A lot of great players and Hall of Famers haven’t made it to the Super Bowl,” Jones said. “But just playing in New Orleans, that puts the icing on the cake.”
Posted by Observer Sports on January 30, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink
Hmm, go to a playoff team or a yearly disappointment. Tough call! Sounds like Rivera wouldn't even give him a chance to compete for KR duties, which he would have been far and away better at than any of these other clowns.
I'm shocked the Panthers can never get any good FA's in here. Between Jerry's belief in overpaying existing players and decisions like this from Rivera and Co.
Posted by: Fast Freddie | Jan 30, 2013 4:38:27 PM
So basically the Panthers did another sucky job bringing in quality free agents. No suprise there.
Posted by: Smitty | Jan 30, 2013 5:57:20 PM
Hmm ,Boy that was a tough choice
Posted by: TWIGGY | Jan 30, 2013 7:24:52 PM
A WR Going to a team with a running QB? All he had to do was look at any WR/TE besides 89/88 and DW/JS numbers and he knew Cam was a black hole with the football...Plus we were 6-10!
Posted by: Soulja Boi | Jan 30, 2013 7:29:52 PM
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