It took them awhile, but your Houston Texans have finally scored their first free agent signing with the addition of former St. Louis Rams punter Donnie Jones.
Who is Donnie Jones? Well,
he's someone who will end up taking away a supplemental pick after he drills face-melting punts the LSU alumnus is a 31-year old who has made stops in Seattle, Miami, and St. Louis during his eight-year career. He is coming off a sub-par 2011 but is also a two-time second-team All-Pro (2008, 2009). Over the course of his career, he has averaged 45.3 yards per punt (39.0 net yards) and has a career average of 30.6% of punts downed inside the 20. Yes, apparently we now breakdown punters on Battle Red Blog.
What does this mean for 2012? For starters, the Matt Turk Era is officially over in Houston
until another Houston punter goes down and they go back to the devil they know. It's also, at minimum, insurance for Brett Hartmann's three-game suspension for abusing the NFL's substance abuse policy. Jones will get plenty of time this summer, and in the fall, to oust Hartmann unless the Texans cut him now.
UPDATE: Per CBS RapidReports, the Texans inked Jones to a two-year deal.