In 2010, the Bengals took a chance and signed troublesome cornerback Adam Jones to their roster. Now, with his recent arrest, how badly has he hurt his team?
When the Bengals signed Adam Jones in 2010, they knew they were taking a risk. At 29 years old and with numerous previous criminal charges to his name, he wasn’t a player that teams were fighting over. The Bengals signed Jones to a three-year deal worth just over five million dollars.
The gamble seemingly paid off for the Bengals, who ended up locking up their best-performing defensive back at a contract that was beyond cheap. Best of all, Jones was able to keep himself out of legal trouble, something he had struggled to do from the day he was drafted.
A free agent once again last year, the Bengals rewarded Jones, who, despite his age, cashed in on a 3-year, $22 million contract with six million in guarantees. He was 32 years old, but his play didn’t appear to be dropping off. Additionally, he was the only veteran presence in an extremely young Bengals cornerback room.
Jones’ 2016 season (the first on his new contract) went well. While part of a disappointing Cincinnati defensive unit, Jones’ play was not an issue. He stayed healthy all sixteen games, snagged one interception, and forced three fumbles. He was a steady and solid contributor for the Bengals each week.
However, with his recent arrest on Tuesday, the 33-year-old might have brought about an abrupt end to his time in Cincinnati, and even the NFL. With the expiration of fellow corner Dre Kirkpatrick’s contract, Jones may have hurt his team in more ways than expected. Let’s take a look at each aspect of the situation, and how it could affect the Bengals going forward.