Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/9/12

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23: Safety Bernard Pollard #31 of the Houston Texans tackles wide receiver Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans on November 23, 2009 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Titans won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones signed a two-year deal with the Ravens, who also announced safety Bernard Pollard has agreed to a three-year extension.

Jones was released by Houston last week. The six-year veteran started 10 games in place of injured Andre Johnson last season and caught 21 passes for 562 yards and two touchdowns, but became the target of heavy criticism from fans after he muffed a punt that set up Baltimore's first touchdown in Houston's playoff loss in January.

However, he provides an immediate upgrade for a Ravens team that struggled in the return game in 2011, in addition to providing a potential big-play threat for the offense.

"Adding Jacoby gives us another proven downfield weapon in our passing game and production with our returns," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "His experience makes the offense better, and the competition he brings can help raise our levels at receiver and with punt and kickoff returns."

Jones has a career punt return average of 10.2 yards and 23.3 yards per kickoff return with a combined four returns for touchdowns. Baltimore averaged 9.6 yards per punt return last season and 24.9 on kick returns, but David Reed was benched for fumbling a pair of kickoff returns in a loss to Seattle and suffered a season-ending knee injury in December.

Jones has 127 career catches for 1,741 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has averaged 23.3 yards on 64 career kick returns and 10.2 yards on 179 punt returns. He has four totals returns for touchdowns.

Pollard started 13 of 16 regular-season games in his first year in Baltimore. The seventh-year veteran had 75 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a career-high 13 passes defensed playing alongside Ed Reed.

"Bernard showed last year that he is a Raven," Newsome said. "He's smart, tough and brings a passion to the games, our practices and in the weight room. His physical presence on the back end is very important to the way we play defense. He has indicated since the first day he stepped into our building last training camp that he wanted to be a Raven for the long haul."

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