Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has indicated he wants to return in 2016, but no discussions about his future have taken place.
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No Recent Talks Between Bengals, Jones on Future
Monday, Jan. 11
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' website reported the news on Jones' outlook in Cincinnati. Jones is a free agent this offseason but will turn 33 in September, leaving the Bengals with a difficult decision to make on the veteran.
There's never been any question about Jones' talent. That he's been able to maintain a high level of play at this stage of his career speaks to how athletically gifted he is.
Where Jones has often gone wrong before is off the field and how he carries himself on it at times. He let his emotions get the best of him in this past Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card Round loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jones drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty near the end of Saturday's contest that allowed Pittsburgh to move into ideal position for an eventual game-winning field goal. Jones went on an expletive-filled tirade afterward to vent his frustration about drawing the flag.
NFL Network's Rich Eisen could see why Jones was incensed regarding the call that ultimately led to the Bengals' fifth straight one-and-done postseason appearance:
Sure looks to me like Adam Jones was responding to an assistant coach on the field and got flagged for it.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 10, 2016
Although he has cleaned up his act considerably and is realizing his immense football potential in recent years as a result, he can't have too much more time as a top-tier player at his position.
He was out of football in 2007 and 2009, so he doesn't have the wear and tear most players his age do. Nevertheless, the Bengals' dilemma is exacerbated by his postseason conduct and the fact that cornerback Leon Hall and free safety Reggie Nelson are also hitting the open market.
The future of Cincinnati's secondary indeed seems cloudy. Nelson will also command quite a payday considering he amassed eight interceptions this past season.