Ravens re-sign Jacoby Jones to deal similar to Andrew Hawkins' with Bengals

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens signed Jacoby Jones similar to what the Browns offered Hawkins, who ultimately will remain with the Bengals.

The Baltimore Ravens were in desperate need of a receiver this offseason if Jacoby Jones had left via free agency. Jones was visiting the New York Giants on Wednesday, and not long after his visited concluded, the Raves announced they'd signed him to a new 4-year deal.

It's probably safe to assume Jones had an offer from them on the table all along, and once he saw what the Giants were offering, he called Ozzie Newsome and said "Deal!".

So what did he sign for?

The funny thing about those numbers is they are nearly identical to what Andrew Hawkins was offered by the Cleveland Browns, only to watch the Bengals match it. Hawkins' deal is worth $12.2 million but can reach $13.1 million if he claims $900,000 worth of escalators built into his deal.

The 29-year-old Jones averaged 28.8 yards per kick return and 12.5 per punt return last season while grabbing 37 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns.

Hawkins doesn't handle return duties, but he's a valuable special teams asset as a gunner on punt coverage.

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