Adam Jones is a key piece of the Cincinnati Bengals’ secondary, and the team would be wise to bring him back.
Adam Jones: Cornerback
32 years old, 5’10, 180 pounds
Agent: JR Rickert
2015 stats: 62 tackles, 12 pass deflections, one forced fumble, three interceptions, one sack (in 14 games).
Adam Jones’ 2015 season started out with a bang. While he notably smashed Amari Cooper‘s head into his own helmet, he also racked up 10 tackles on the day and set himself for what would be the most dominant season in his career. While his costly 15-yard penalty in the Bengals’ Wild Card loss may overshadow a brilliant year, Jones’ season was still incredible.
Adam Jones was a big reason to why the Bengals pass defense had taken a major step forward in 2015. The Bengals ranked 13th in passing yards allowed and allowed the second-fewest passing touchdowns of any team. Jones’ incredible year was highlighted by big games in which he shut down Antonio Brown, Doug Baldwin and Amari Cooper. The only touchdown he allowed all season was an incredibly beautiful catch by DeAndre Hopkins that, frankly, was nearly impossible to defend.
Pacman’s career finally started to get right when he came to Cincinnati in 2010. The veteran corner has appreciated a rare resurgence, becoming one of the league’s top corners in his thirties. Jones has nine interceptions, 35 pass deflections, 181 tackles, a sack and a touchdown in a combined 46 games from 2013-15.
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There’s a strong argument to be made that Adam Jones is the best player in the Bengals’ entire secondary, so
. However, determining his worth will be very difficult, given that most corners don’t have career years at age 31–
doesn’t even have a prediction of what his value will be. Coupled with a bad reputation, Jones could end up getting paid far less than what he’s worth. With Pacman likely headed to whichever city offers him the most money, the Bengals will be tasked with gaging Jones’ worth, making an enticing offer and hoping he stays.
While he may not have the greatest reputation in football, Adam Jones is an incredible talent, a strong leader and an important key to the Bengals defense. Cincinnati needs to do what it needs to do and lock him up for the next two seasons.