The Bengals have reached deals with two more of their unrestricted free agents, Jones and receiver Brandon Tate.|||||||
That makes five free agents on defense and six on offense or special teams that have decided to stay with Cincinnati. The Bengals' only notable signing from outside the team has been backup quarterback Josh Johnson, who will compete for the job that opened when Bruce Gradkowski signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent.
Jones says he has no love for the Cowboys, who let him go after one season that was disappointing all-around.|||||||
Jones has rebuilt his career with Cincinnati (7-5), which hosts Dallas (6-6) on Sunday. He's thankful the Bengals gave him the chance after repeated suspensions while with Tennessee and Dallas. Jones is having one of his best seasons in years, playing regularly on defense and ranking among the NFL's top punt returners. Jones says he loves Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, but had other issues with the organization that he won't rehash.
Jones must pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a lone gunman claiming he was doing Jones' bidding attacked.|||||||
The fact that Jones remains in the NFL is puzzling.
The Bengals re-signed Jones and offensive tackle Anthony Collins on Friday. Cincinnati also signed defensive end Derrick Harvey, a free agent who played for the Broncos last season.|||||||
Jones has played five years in the NFL, and will enter his third season with the Bengals. He was sidelined with a neck injury last season, but still played in eight games, including the last seven as a starter. He had 31 tackles.
Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.|||||||
Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors. Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs.