Receiver Matt Jones Offered Contract by The Tennessee Titans

Mitch DespotContributor IFebruary 11, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Matt Jones #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates his touchdown during the game against the Houston Texans at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 28, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Many media outlets, including Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, are reporting that the Tennessee Titans have offered receiver Matt Jones a contract.

This is a very interesting story as the Titans brought Jones in for a workout earlier this season, yet did not sign the wideout with a checkered past. Jones was arrested in July 2008 for felony drug charges, and later served a short jail term.

Jones was released by division rival the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2009, and the former first round pick has been out of football ever since.

The 6-6 220 pound receiver has been quite productive when out of trouble, most recently grabbing 65 passes for 761 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2008. It should be said that Jones did this in only ten starts that season.

Though the Titan's are looking better at wideout than they have in many years, bringing Jones in would certainly bring competition to a wide receiving corp who saw receivers Nate Washington and Justin Gage fail to meet expectations in 2009.

Jones is well worth the risk in this writer's opinion and has already garnered attention from other teams, including the Cincinatti Bengals.


Update 12:14 p.m. cst: The contract is reported to be a 1 year, $700,000 deal.

Update 10:39 a.m. cst 2/12/10: According to Pro Football Talk, Matt Jones has announced that he should make a decision today between the Bengals and Titans.