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Jacoby Jones is gone: Houston Texans cut Public Enemy No. 1 after getting no trade takers

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Jacoby Jones will not be muffing any more punts for the Houston Texans.

The player who drew the very public ire of Texans' fans when he touched a punt he never should have gone near, leading to a Ravens touchdown in Houston's 20-13 second round playoff loss to the Baltimore, was cut by the team Tuesday. General manager Rick Smith worked to trade Jones during the NFL Draft but found no takers.

Unable to trade him, and apparently unwilling to keep him, the Texans released Jones instead.

More than the glaring mental blunder in the playoff game or even his more than $3 million per year contract, it's Jones' lack of production as a wide receiver that consistently hurt a team that desperately needs a difference-making second receiver to go with all-pro wideout Andre Johnson. Despite starting for much of the year with Johnson hurt, Jones only caught 31 passes last season.

Jettisoning Jones doesn't guarantee the problem will be solved though. The Texans must hope third round pick DeVier Posey or fourth round speedster Keshawn Martin can step in and contribute immediately on a team that considers itself a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

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