Report: Bengals sign ex-Jaguars WR Jones

Posted Feb. 12, 2010 @ 12:11 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Bengals signed former Jaguars WR Matt Jones on Friday, according to ESPN.

Jones, 26, was out of football in 2009. He was suspended three games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy in 2008 after being arrested and charged with one count of cocaine possession in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In March 2009, Jones was arrested for violating the terms of his plea agreement on the drug possession charge after testing positive for alcohol. The Jaguars released him on March 16, 2009. The drug possession charge was later dropped after he graduated from Washington County (Ark.) Drug Court, a diversion program.

The Bengals, who are well-known for granting second chances to players with off-field problems, are looking to bolster their passing offense after it floundered for much of the 2009 season. In four seasons with Jacksonville, Jones caught 166 passes for 2,153 yards and 15 TDs. He caught a career-high 65 passes for 761 yards and two TDs in 2008 despite missing four games, three because of the suspension. The Titans also reportedly offered Jones a contract.

On Thursday, the Bengals worked out former Titans and Cowboys CB Adam "Pacman" Jones, whose career has been marked by off-the-field problems.