The Bengals could be in the market for a cornerback with Adam Jones, Terence Newman and Nate Clements set to become free agents, and Pro Football Focus ranked the 10 best corners who will hit the market on March 12th. If their evaluations are the same ones that NFL teams have regarding Adam Jones, then it will be very difficult to retain him:
3. Adam Jones
2012 Grade: +10.5
2012 Snaps: 626
Summary: The best-kept secret in the NFL these days is that Adam (formerly Pac-Man) Jones has not just reformed his image but also reformed his play and quietly had an excellent season for the Bengals. The season was so quietly excellent that when it came time to argue about the end of season PFF Pro Bowl rosters, there was quite a pitched battle inside PFF offices between those that knew he had played excellently and those that simply refused to believe the numbers!
In the end he just missed out in a close battle for the last spot in the Pro Bowl roster, but the point remains that he is playing at that kind of level now. Being opposite Leon Hall can’t hurt, and there is obviously a substantial risk attached to a player with his history, but on merit alone there is a good case to be made that he should be the top name on this list.
If your team is looking for an under the radar signing who could be the best player from his position in free agency, Adam Jones could be it.