Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals Free Agency: Adam Pacman Jones Is Coming Back

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to a teammate during the game agains the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2012

The Cincinnati Bengals have been active this past week during NFL free agency, and that trend continues today.

The Bengals have agreed to terms with one of their own, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

The team has already made an addition to the secondary this offseason in the form of former Houston Texan Jason Allen. The Bengals needed to do more for the cornerback unit with Leon Hall attempting to come back from a torn Achilles and Nate Clements regressing and entering the final year of his deal.

Jones performed admirably last season in Hall's absence, with his only questionable performance coming in the playoff game against the Houston Texans. Andre Johnson (6'3") simply overwhelmed the smaller Jones (5'10").

The team is likely to utilize Jones in more of a special teams role next season as a return man. He would have seen more of this role last year if the secondary depth hadn't been so thin.

Cincinnati is likely to add another corner with a high pick in the upcoming draft. Jones' presence on the roster is likely as a nickel corner as well as a kick and punt returner.

The signing further reinforces the idea that the Bengals are intent on bringing their own back this offseason. Jones was a major contributor last year after turning his life around, and he will undoubtedly be a big part of the team next season as well.

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