Bengals CB Adam Jones must take pay cut to return to Cincinnati
Adam “Pacman” Jones has been a mainstay on the Cincinnati Bengals roster for a number of years, but it appears that his time with the team may be done. He has been told that he will have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay with the team.
Had they picked up his option he would have made $5.5 million in 2018. But the team seems to have decided the 34-year old Jones is no longer worth that much money. They are, however, open to resigning him to be the team’s nickel corner and kick returner.
While he has to be disappointed, from what he told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com (via NFL.com), he is open to the idea of a return:
“Of course, I’d love to come back,” Jones said. “Don’t make it sound like I’m ready to get out of there because I’m not. I’m very thankful to everyone there, Coach [Marvin] Lewis and [team owner Mike] Brown.
“…I’d love the chance to get on the field and compete every play, every down. Obviously, I’ve got some things to sit down and think about the next couple of days with my family.”
Injuries hampered his productivity last season, but he has otherwise been a productive member of the Bengals since they took a chance on him back in 2010. Up to that point in his career, he was known for playing well when on the field, but more so for the trouble he’s caused off the field.
It will not be surprising if he contemplates retirement. Many teams will still be nervous about acquiring someone with his well-known volatility. While he may have stayed out of serious trouble in recent years, once you earn the reputation it never goes away.
But there will probably be a couple willing to sign him for a low-ball offer. So, it may come down to how much he needs the money.