It started with the "Choppa City Juke." Then came a rendition of the "Cabbage Patch." Every time Jacoby Jones raced to the end zone with a kickoff our punt return touchdown this past season -- and he did so four times, including once in the Super Bowl -- Jones had an end-zone dance at the ready.
" I got plenty,” Jones said in October. “I keep them in my back pocket. I’m trying to get on Dancing With The Stars.” He lobbied again to be on the show when he went on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show earlier this month.
Looks like Jones is getting his wish.
ABC announced during a commercial break of the Academy Awards broadcast that Jones will indeed join the cast of Dancing With The Stars when it begins taping next month. The remainder of the cast will be announced on Tuesday. No word whether the "Choppa City Juke" will be part of the competition.
By the way, right about the time the show starts taping, Jones is due a $1 million roster bonus from the Ravens. He also has a $3 million salary for next season, but the Ravens might try to extend his contract and restructure his deal to lessen the cap hit for this season. In any case, depending on how the show goes, Jones could be cha-cha-cha-ing his way around Hollywood all spring instead of working out at the Ravens' Owings Mills facility.
Provided he's not a salary cap casualty, Jones wouldn't be required back at the Castle until the team's mandatory minicamp in June.
And if his stint on DWTS goes well?
"If he pulls too far ahead," show host Tom Bergeron tweeted Sunday night, "the 49ers will cut power to the ballroom."
Looking for an early scouting report? The Ravens Web site has put together a compilation of some of Jones' best moves.