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.