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Bengals host Jacoby Jones in addition to Titans and Chargers

The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting former Baltimore Ravens return specialist and wide receiver Jacoby Jones. The question: Would Jones be an upgrade over Brandon Tate (yes) or relieve Adam Jones from his primary return duties (we hope not).

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Jacoby Jones has concluded visits with the Bengals and Titans, and now the San Diego Chargers are on deck, per Aaron Wilson:

Jones' NFL free agent tour continues as he'll now visit the San Diego Chargers, according to a league source.

In 44 games with the Ravens, Jones averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return to rank first in franchise history. He averaged 9.9 yards per punt return, including a 63-yard touchdown in 2012. He caught 76 passes for 992 yards and three touchdowns over the past three seasons.

Jones left his visit in Cincinnati without a contract offer. That doesn't mean the Bengals don't want him, but rather that they could be gauging all of their options before free agency opens.


The Cincinnati Bengals are hosting former Baltimore Ravens returner and wide receiver Jacoby Jones on Monday, according to writer Geoff Hobson.

Baltimore terminated Jones' contract last week, a year after signing him to a four-year deal worth $12 million. Baltimore saved $750,000 against the cap with the move. He was scheduled to earn $3.375 million in 2015.

In addition to posting only nine passes for 131 yards last season, Jones fumbled four times and lost two last season. He averaged 30.6 yards per kickoff return and returned one for a touchdown last year. Cornerback Adam Jones averaged 31.3 yards per returns on kickoffs and 12.0 yards return on punts -- both beating out Jacoby Jones in 2014.

Aaron Wilson with the The Baltimore Sun adds that Jones will visit with the Tennessee Titans later this week.

It's believed that the Bengals are moving away from utilizing Brandon Tate this year, largely due to a limited role on offense and Adam Jones outperforming Tate on most return jobs.