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Ravens team unity was the deciding factor for Jacoby Jones over Panthers

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jtnc    3,667

NEW 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.”

--Joseph Person


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countryboi    1,866

doesnt seem like a shot at the panthers but a praise of the ravens... team unity is kinda subjective

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Mr. Scot    35,021

I don't know that he's saying the locker room was bad here so much as saying it was better in Baltimore.

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Cary Kollins    18,343

This doesn't surprise me one bit. Say what you want about Ray Lewis, but he has got to be one of the all-time "leaders of men" to ever play in the NFL.

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DaCityKats    1,262


you know, people can say whatever the fug they want about cam and his superman celebrations or the towel or whatever but the problem is clearly much bigger than that.

starts at the top.

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TopCat    271

He didn't really take a shot at us lol.

I'm not surprised either, I feel like our players are a lot more layed back then say a Ray Lewis or T suggs. We won't find Beason dancing and preaching, which isn't bad of course.

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