The Giants wanted Jacoby Jones to spruce up their kickoff and punt teams. On Wednesday night, they found out just how good a return man he is.
The wide receiver was on his way to dinner with Giants officials after a day of meetings when, he said, he called for the driver of his car to turn around and head back to the airport. He apparently decided to ditch the Giants and whatever offer they were making him in favor of a return to the Ravens.
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Jones eventually signed a four-year contract with Baltimore reportedly worth $14 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
So why did he have the change of heart, even though he hinted that the Giants were offering more money?
"I think I came to my senses to the fact that this was probably the only place that ever let me be myself,'' he said of Baltimore. "You know I kind of have a few screws loose up here . They accept that.''
The Giants had no choice but to accept Jones' disappearing act. They then pursued their second option for speedy wide receiver-slash-kick returner. That was Ted Ginn Jr.
Unlike Jones, Ginn never made it to New Jersey. But he did leave the team at the altar again. Ginn visited with the Cardinals on Thursday and signed a three-year deal.
So where to now? Free agents such as Devin Hester and Quintin Demps are out there, but they are primarily defensive backs. It appears the Giants are looking to add a veteran wide receiver who can double as a returner.
Of course, this was just the third day of free agency and the season doesn't begin for another 51/2 months or so. The Giants will have plenty of time to figure out whom they'll have returning kicks and punts in 2014. But the fact that they couldn't get two of their primary targets to the table -- negotiating or dinner -- must be disheartening.