According to a report from ProFootballTalk.com, controversial cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this week. He hasn't played in the NFL since 2008, after his release from the Dallas Cowboys in which he finished with a combined 31 tackles and averaged just 4.5 yards-per-punt return.
After playing in just nine games with the Cowboys, Jones was suspended for an off-the-field incident involving a brawl between him and his bodyguard. He was acquired from the Tennessee Titans prior to the 2008 NFL Draft, in exchange for a fourth-round pick, after sitting out the previous season due to a year-long suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his off-the-field behavior.
No teams were interested in Jones last season and the Bengals were the first team since his release from the Cowboys to offer him a workout when he visited Cincinnati in February. The Bengals showed no interest in signing him and an offer was never made at the time, but after a second workout Tuesday, Pacman seemed to impress the coaching staff enough this time around.
Cincinnati has established a reputation as a team that will bring in players with a troubled past and offer them a chance at redemption. The gamble paid off two years ago when they signed Cedric Benson—who helped the Bengals' ground game finish ninth last season by averaging 128.5 yards-per-game—following his release from the Chicago Bears.
They took a similar route this offseason after signing former troubled wideout Matt Jones to a one-year deal. Jones was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars after numerous off-the-field incidents.
Whether or not Pacman will make an impact in Mike Zimmer's defense this season will be left unanswered, until at least training camp, where they will determine what type of shape he's in. With Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph starting at cornerback, Pacman will most likely compete with third round pick Brandon Ghee for a role as a backup, and may even see some action at the safety position.
Dan Parzych is the Cincinnati Bengals Examiner for Examiner.com.
He is also the founder of WhoDeyBengals.com.
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