With free agency around the corner, we will take a look at the status of Houston Texans fullback Greg Jones, as he was signed to just a one-year deal last offseason.
Jones only had two carries this past season for two yards, but he isn’t paid to run the football, but to block for the running backs and be an extra blocker for the QB.
I don’t think the Texans will bring back Jones, unless it would be for another one-year contract. He started five games this past season but played in all 16 games for the 2-14 Texans.
He also had five receptions for 34 yards, and for the second consecutive season, Jones didn’t score a touchdown.
For his career in the NFL, Jones has 27 rushing TDs and three receiving scores. He played from 2004-12 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It won’t make a lot of sense for the Texans to sign Jones for any longer than a season, and for a player with over a decade in the league, who is primary a blocking back, I don’t know what his cost would be for the Texans.
Don’t get me wrong, Jones is a very good blocking fullback, but he turns 33 this offseason and plays a very physical position in the NFL … how much does he have left?
Pro Football Perspective wrote in November about Jones:
“He’ll always be remembered in my eyes for this punishing hit he delivered at Florida State, but Jones has carved out a solid NFL career, too. The Texans run a lot of two-tight end sets with Garrett Graham and Owen Daniels, so most of Jones’ 217 snaps are devoting to run blocking.”
If it makes sense financially for the Texans to sign Jones to make paths for Arian Foster and to add a little more protection for whomever the quarterback will be next season, I’m for it.
Plus, with a team going through a bit of transition, it wouldn’t hurt to have a good veteran presence on the team in 2014.
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