Levi Jones on Trade Block

The Cincinnati Bengals have been looking to deal left tackle Levi Jones “for a couple weeks,” according to Chicago Sun-Times Bears beat writer Brad Biggs. “The belief is if the Bengals can’t find a taker, they will release him soon,” he adds.

Jones, who has struggled with injury since 2006, has had several run-ins with the team over the last few years. After having knee surgery in early ’07, he accused the training staff of screwing up his rehab, and when his return to the starting lineup was delayed, engaged in a public spat with coaches over his readiness. Last year, he reportedly requested, and was denied, a trade.

Jones missed the final six games in 2008 due to a leg injury. Overall, he has missed 17 games in the past three seasons, after missing just one in his first four years.

If the Bengals move Jones, OT will become even more of a need in the upcoming draft. Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the coalescing conventional wisdom is that the two top tackles, Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe, will be gone by the sixth pick, leaving the Bengals to choose from Andre Smith and Michael Oher.

(h/t go-bengals)

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  • G-Money

    so this is a bad news! Again, I ask… why do we not trade our guys when they have value and it is obvious that both sides need/want a change. Look at Levi and Chad both last year, or Housh during the season (Dallas anyone… we would have taken a lot less than a 1 and 3 for Housh and at least gotten something for him!). Think of the possibilities if we would have had an extra two 1sts for Chad and probably a mid round or better for Levi. Management of these situations is horrible!

  • http://stripehype.com/ David

    Yeah, in hindsight they definitely should have moved on these two sooner. But that’s the Bengals: they always seem to hold on to a guy one year too long.

    As to whether this is bad news, I dunno. To me the bottom line is that the o-line blew chunks last season, and the 3 main reasons for that were Ghiacuic, Levi and Stacy. Even if they end up being replaced by Santucci, Collins and Roland, I’m honestly not sure that isn’t an improvement. Not a big one, perhaps, and not as big a one as we need, but getting rid of the suck has its own virtues.

  • G-Money

    True, to everything you said… I’m just frustrated with the continuous poor player management…as you said, holding onto the guy for 1 year too long.

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