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T-post Tom
02-12-2010, 11:00 AM
Matt Jones is a Bengal
Posted by jreedy February 12th, 2010

The Bengals have gotten an early start in free agency.

Even though the official signing period does not begin for three weeks, the team has signed former Jacksonville wide receiver Matt Jones to a contract in what was first reported by ESPN. It is a one-year deal around $700,000.

Jones worked out and met with Bengals officials this week. He also had a contract offer from Tennessee, but as the process went on, Titans officials believed that he would sign with Cincinnati.

Because Jones did not play last season, he was eligible to be signed before the start of free agency on March 5. While Jones does have talent and potential, off-the-field problems have derailed his career. He was released by Jacksonville last March after violating the terms of a plea deal. In the summer of 2008, he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Those charges, which were for possession of cocaine, were later dropped after he completed a drug program. The league did suspend Jones for three games in 2008 for violating the substance abuse policy.

During his four seasons in Jacksonville, the former first-round pick struggled. His best season was in 2008, when he caught 65 passes for 761 yards and two touchdowns. His four-year totals are 166 catches for 2,153 yards with 15 TDs.

Jones played quarterback at the University of Arkansas but was converted to a receiver at 6-foot-6, he once ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. There is no doubt that he makes for a big target who can run quick slant routes, but his 40 speed has not made him a consistent deep threat, which is something the Bengals are lacking.

The Bengals have Chad Ochocinco, who has campaigned the past two weeks to sign Terrell Owens, Laveranues Coles and Andre Caldwell, but Coles struggled last season, which puts his future especially in an uncapped year, somewhat in doubt. They are also lacking a fourth receiver who can stretch the field following the death of Chris Henry.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2010/02/12/report-matt-jones-is-a-bengal/

RJ
02-12-2010, 11:06 AM
He is certainly a worthy replacement for Chris Henry.

Mr. Flopnuts
02-12-2010, 11:06 AM
Where else would he go? Cincinnati is the haven for NFL thuggery.

Deberg_1990
02-12-2010, 11:23 AM
Wonder what the drug trade is like in Cinci these days?

stormtrooper
02-12-2010, 12:06 PM
Seriously now they are working out Pac Man. Marvin sure isnt a head coach. He is just like Snyder looking for big names except they have to have a record. Wow Larry will have fun with Pac Man at the clubs smacking hos and shooting up the place.

KCFalcon59
02-12-2010, 12:31 PM
They're called the Bungles for a reason. Good God!!!
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Iowanian
02-12-2010, 12:35 PM
I don't know, it seems like a pretty low risk signing of a player who could definitely serve a role on that team. I'll bet there are enough clauses in there to make a santa family reunion.

Chiefnj2
02-12-2010, 12:36 PM
He can drive Ray around for the next 6 months.

gblowfish
02-12-2010, 01:42 PM
Cak'n Patna!!

Dave Lane
02-12-2010, 01:49 PM
Where else would he go? Cincinnati is the haven for NFL thuggery.

Oakland?