April 19, 2014

The Pac is Back!

After a slow first few days of free agency, the Bengal have suddenly been extremely busy.  After adding OG Travelle Wharton, CB Jason Allen, re-signing S Reggie Nelson, and getting the “lawfirm” BenJarvus Green-Ellis, word came tonight that they have brought back CB Adam Jones.

The Enquirer’s Joe Reedy Tweeted the following message about two hours ago: 

Adam “Pacaman” Jones is remaining with the #bengals. He has agreed to terms.

Jones should return to his role as a valuable reserve defensive back in the nickel and dime packages, and perhaps more importantly, he’ll be able to continue to contribute on special teams, where he has been a real playmaker as a punt returner.  Look for Jones to get more opportunities to return kicks in 2012. 

This comes despite Geoff Hobson’s recent warning that there were already 10 DB’s under contract. 

Meanwhile the signing is just another in a flurry of Bengal additions this week, and they shouldn’t be done with interest in free agent DE’s Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson along with their own players, including LB Manny Lawson, OT Anthony Collins, and TE Donald Lee.

Eric’s take:  This was an excellent signing for the Bengals.  They’ve done a lot to help rehabilitate Jones:  The man and the player, and I think they will really see the benefits in 2012.  His playmaking ability has never been in question.  He is extremely dangerous in the open field with the ball in his hands.  The questions remain whether he can stay out of the court room and the trainer’s room, and if he can be a consistent and reliable player on the defense.  I tend to think he will.

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