Cincinnati Bengals Show Their Stripes
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.