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Former Arkansas quarterback and NFL receiver Matt Jones declined to tryout for the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, telling the team he had opted to retire, according to a report on MSNBC.com.
Jones, 27, was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad in September and hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2008 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was suspended for the final four games of that season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, stemming from an arrest in Fayetteville for cocaine possession.
That year Jones had the best season of his short NFL career, catching 65 passes for 761 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games.
Jones was a first-round receiver selection by the Jaguars in 2005. In four years with the franchise he caught 166 passes for 2,163 yards and 15 touchdowns.
At Arkansas, Jones was a record-setting quarterback. He is the school’s career leader with 8,392 yards of total offense and 77 touchdowns.
He finished his Arkansas career with 2,535 rushing yards – an SEC record for quarterbacks at the time.