Texans sign FB Greg Jones to one-year deal

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Greg Jones (33) will be paving the way for Arian Foster next season in Houston. (USATSI)

The Houston Texans have signed free-agent fullback Greg Jones to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Jones visited with the Texans on Tuesday.

Jones will receive a base salary of $840,000 and a signing bonus of $160,000 for the 2013 season, the Houston Chronicle reported. Nearly one-quarter of Jones' salary is guaranteed.

Jones, a second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2004, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Jaguars, clearing paths for rushers Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. The former Seminoles running back appears excited to join three-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster and Ben Tate in the Texans' backfield.

"You can look at his highlight tape, him and Tate, they are two phenomenal runners," Jones said. "I just looked back at the last couple of years and what they've been able to do together. Even though they're both great runners, they're not the same. I'm just coming in to just pave the way for them so they can help me look good at the end of the day.”

Jones leaves a Jaguars' team that has finished under .500 in four of the last five years and is 27-53 since the start of the 2008 regular season. Jones considers the Texans to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2013.

"That was one of my main reasons for coming here," Jones said. "I've got more years behind me than in front of me. My window of opportunity is getting slimmer and slimmer every year, so that was one of my main reasons. They've got a very talented roster and a very good locker room."

Jones-Drew, meanwhile, was not too excited at the prospect that Jones would play elsewhere.

If Foster were still on Twitter, he'd probably have something to say about his new lead blocker. But he's not.

 
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