Adam Jones Signs With Denver Broncos

Adam Jones

Adam Jones and the Denver Broncos have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal. Jones himself expected to sign with the Broncos on Sunday after working out for the team according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The Broncos waived linebacker Bo Bower to make room for Jones on the roster.

Denver Broncos and Adam Jones Agree to One-year Deal

Jones, better known as “Pacman,” became an eligible free agent on March 9, when the Cincinnati Bengals announced that they would not be picking up his option. The Bengals allegedly informed Jones after the announcement that they would ultimately like to retain him to play nickel corner and to return kicks. Jones seemed amenable to remaining with the team.

The veteran cornerback only appeared in nine games for the Bengals last season. Jones was suspended for a single game resulting from an arrest in January. He missed action in six other games after being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. In his absence, Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson replaced him and proved to be suitable substitutes.

Jones’ suspension for arrest does not mark the first time he has had to miss games for off-field issues. The 2007 season was a complete wash for Jones because of suspension. In early February 2007, an altercation in a Las Vegas nightclub began with Jones allegedly assaulting an exotic dancer and ended with shots being fired into the crowd, paralyzing a security guard from the waist down.

Jones’ off-field behavior has been cause for much concern among league executives. After a 2008 incident in which Jones tussled with a bodyguard, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the altercation was demonstrative of “a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL.” Jones was playing with the Dallas Cowboys at the time of Goodell’s letter.

In 11 active seasons in the NFL, Jones has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Cowboys, and Bengals, playing the last eight seasons in Cincinnati. He was drafted sixth overall by the Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft. Despite his off-field issues, Jones has proven himself to be a competent defensive back. Over the course of his career, he collected 499 total tackles, 16 interceptions, seven forced fumbles, and six fumbles recovered. On special teams, he has five punts returned for touchdowns and almost 2,000 return yards in 182 attempts.

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