December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) tries to fire up the fans in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Banter: Mike Brown on Free Agency, & Adam Jones' Work with LAPD Chief



Adam Jones just agreed to a new three-year deal with the Bengals, just four years after it appeared his NFL career had ended after multiple run-ins with the law, a seaosn-long suspension in 2007, and not having played at all in 2009. One of the biggest influences in his life is his best friend on the Los Angeles Police Department, James E. Craig, who helped Adam overcome his troubled past and continue his promising NFL career:


He’s (Adam) really grown up. There are a lot of reasons. I think he learned some things about trusting people that put him in bad situations. The Bengals have been great, Marvin, Mike Brown. Really, the whole Brown family. And the great thing about it is even though he’s matured he’s still got that same child-like enthusiasm about anything he’s doing. No matter what’s going on, you always feel better after talking to Adam.


Bengals President and Owner Mike Brown said during a wide-ranging conversation with The Enquirer and at the NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix thisweek.

Maybe there isn’t as much pizazz in what we’re doing as some wish. But I do think it’s the best course for our football team both in the short run and the long run.

I think what we’re trying to do is grow in the best way possible. We are planning to spend our cap money, and we’re hoping and we’re intending to spend it on our own people. There is no single silver bullet. We’re shooting a lot of small shots. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to cost the same amount of money. And it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to have the best team possible.


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