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Point / Counterpoint: Is Matt Jones a Good Idea for the Cincinnati Bengals?

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  Matt Jones #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a catch and is chased by Leon Williams #94 of the Cleveland Browns in a game at Jacksonville Muncipal Stadium on October 26, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Matt DavidCorrespondent IIFebruary 12, 2010

Point: Yes, there is no downside. If he can play and stay out of trouble, fine. If not, cut him.

Counterpoint: The downside is that the Bengals look bad in the national media. 

P: If the Bengals win games, none of that will matter.

CP: Maybe, but do they need to reward this drug addict with a $700k contract?

P: Mike Brown is known as the redeemer for a reason. Many people get arrested in America and move on with their lives.

CP: Well, what about drafting a receiver instead? There are a few talented players out there like Mardy Gilyard, Jordan Shipley, and Golden Tate.

P: The Bengals must address this in the draft also. Jones is more of the possession guy they lacked in 2009.

CP: Wasn't that the role Laveranues Coles was going to fill?

P:  The 2009 Bengal receivers couldn't get open and couldn't catch the ball consistently when they did. Coles was a mistake and will likely be cut.

CP: Jones has a track record of success?

P:  Yes, check out his season in 2008, when he had 65 catches for 761 yards in just 12 games. Do you know that Jones is 6'6" and has shown crazy speed?

CP: Whatever...and he has a very bad reputation for not caring so much. The Bengals need another guy like that?

P: Cedric Benson had that reputation. How'd that work out?

CP: The Bengals have to scrape the bottom of the barrel and get lucky with guys like Chris Henry, Benson, and Tank Johnson to win.

P:  The Bengals aren't the only team with interest in Jones. The Titans offered him a deal also.

CP: The next thing you will tell me is that Odell Thurman and Pacman Jones are coming to the Bengals.

P: Yeah, about that...they did have Jones in for a workout.

CP: Shocking.

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