Cincinnati Bengals Show Their Stripes

Feb 12, 2010

Never a team to shy away from controversy, the Bengals are at it again. They have addressed a need at wide receiver by signing trouble WR Matt Jones to a one-year contract (click to read the Cincinnati Enquirer article).

Jones missed the final three games of the 2008 season when he was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was subsequently cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and unable to catch on with a team…until now.

He had 65 catches for 761 yards in 12 games with the Jags in 2008, and 166 catches for 2153 yards and 15 TDs in his four-year career. He has the ability to slip in as the #2 WR opposite of Chad Johnson. Andre Caldwell is better suited as a slot receiver, which is where he’ll likely stay. Laveranues Coles, a disappointing free-agent signing last year will likely be released.

Many speculated that the Bengals would go with a WR in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. With the signing of Matt Jones, they can fill another need now.

Matt wasn’t the only troubled Jones the Bengals were looking at. Unfortunately the team also worked out Pacman Jones.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    February 12th, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    One of owner Mike Brown’s traits is that he believes in giving people a second chance … well, especially if he can get them cheap. The past shows that some worked out ok, and others not. But trying out PacMan was a big no-no for me.

    I still think they will address the receiving corp early … however, history shows that good receives can be had in round 2.

  2. LestersLegends
    February 12th, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I wouldn’t put Matt and Pacman in the same boat. One deserves a second chance while the other one needs to go away.

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