Friday, February 12, 2010

The Bengals And The Two Mr. Jones

ESPN is reporting today that the Cincinnati Bengals have worked out cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. What!? Okay, let's go over some of the Bengals who have gotten in trouble. First there was Stanley Wilson who loved drugs more than playing in the Super Bowl, Peter Warrick had a theft offense, a DUI for Justin Smith, ... oh, just forget about naming the offense; Odell Thurman who got booted from the league, Jason Shirley, assault rifle lovin' Tank Johnson and um, some guy named Chris Henry, who by the way had so many demons that it led to his death.

Pacman Jones' problems seem to stem from strip clubs. Cincinnati strippers beware. Lucky for the Bengals, there is basically only one club in the greater Cincinnati area if you exclude northern Kentucky clubs and trust me please do. Why do the Bengals need another cornerback? We've got two good starters in Jonathan Joseph, and Leon Hall. Morgan Trent is also a decent backup and good in the nickel and dime packages. Oops, I noticed that Joseph (marijuana) and Hall (reckless operation) have had problems with the law. Maybe, it's because we need a corner who will commit more serious crimes than them.

The report also notes that the Bengals are interested in Matt Jones, WR. WHAT!? First, this reminds me of the Laveranues Coles signing. Second, he's got drug abuse issues. Let's go over this again, Peter Warrick had a ... oh, forget it. Instead of going after a quality receiver who can help the team, the Bengals are making the same mistakes they always do. They hope to reform some criminal. Yes, I know they did it with Cedric Benson but the record is not that good. Sooner or later, the Bengals are going to get burned again. Maybe getting Matt Jones will lead to some gadget plays because he was a college quarterback. But wait, that would require an offensive coordinator with some imagination. We've got the "genius", Bob Bratkowski.

Update: The Bengals have signed Matt Jones for one year at $700,000. At least he came cheap by NFL standards. He can be assured that Hamilton County has a drug court.


nedc203 said...

I actually like the Matt Jones signing. He's a big guy (6'6") and will open up the field. He won't be a huge down field threat as he has never exhibited the speed he was thought to have. However, on 3rd downs and in the red zone, he will make a HUGE difference. I assume we signed him to a 1 year contract just above league minimum, meaning he is low risk high reward. If he can be anything like he was in Jacksonville, and can stay away from the white stuff, he will be a great addition.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bengals still sign T.O. and release Laveranues. I also seem to be the only person who feels Coles could still be an effective receiver. I don't understand why you would want to go after 37 year old T.O. when you are looking for speed. It's obvious he's lost a step or two. If anything I would stay with what we have then get Gresham first round and Dexter Mcluster in the second. Right there that would be a pretty damn good receiving core.

As to the Pacman workout, first off, we worked him out. We haven't offered him a contract yet, so there is no harm in what we did. Apparently he worked out for the first time in 6 months, earlier this month. Therefore, I would guess that we aren't interested right now.

At the end of the day though, the Bengals aren't running a boy scout camp, they are trying to do whatever they can to put together a winning team RIGHT NOW. If that means they take some chances, so be it.

Just my two cents,

FriedChicken said...

Worst. Signing. Ever.