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Monday, February 25, 2013
Ravens' next move with Jacoby Jones

By Jamison Hensley

Ravens wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones will be the latest NFL player to show off his moves on national television, becoming the first confirmed contestant on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." The show will unveil the rest of the cast Tuesday and begin filming next month.

But the most important move involving Jones next month won't have anything to do with the Salsa. The Ravens have a decision to make with Jones, who is owed a $1 million roster bonus on March 16 and $3 million in base salary in 2013.

It would seem like a no-brainer that the Ravens would keep one of their Super Bowl heroes. The Ravens, though, may have to make some salary-cap space. Baltimore will be $3 million over the cap if it puts the franchise tag on quarterback Joe Flacco (and that doesn't include signing free agents such as Ed Reed and Paul Kruger or tendering contracts to restricted free agents like Dennis Pitta).

The Ravens will probably try to extend Jones to reduce his cap hit for this season. Based on his comments earlier this month, Jones would be agreeable to it. Jones, 28, said he wanted to retire with the Ravens.

If the Ravens keep Jones, they won't see him until the mandatory minicamp in June if he's successful. "Dancing With The Stars" wraps up at the end of May, and Hines Ward won while he was a member of the Steelers in 2011. It remains to be seen whether Jones can follow in the footsteps of past DWTS champions like Ward, Emmitt Smith and Donald Driver.