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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Kubiak has no problems with Jacoby Jones

By Jamison Hensley

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.

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"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.