Texans Sign Donnie Jones
Patrick D. Starr
The Houston Texans, according to Nick Scurfield, have signed 8 year veteran punter Donnie Jones to a contract to become the punter for the 2012 season. The initial report is it's a two-year deal but the full details of the contract have not been released.
Jones, a former LSU Tiger, broke into the league in 2004 with the Seattle Seahawks and has spent the last seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins (05-06) and St. Louis Rams (07-11). For his career, he has averaged 45.3 yards a punt and had a net average of 39.0 yards a punt, and between 2008-2010 he was at top of his game. "Thunderfoot", as he was nicknamed in high school, looks to come in to replace rookie punter Brett Hartmann.
Hartmann was a good addition at the beginning of the 2010 season and proved to be a good signing, but he tore his ACL in a week 13 win against the Atlanta Falcons. To make matters worse at the beginning of the new league year, Hartmann was hit with a 4 game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. It is a pretty good indication that the Texans could be moving in a different direction with Jones signing a two-year deal with the team.