From Joe Reedy:
As the Bengals look to add receivers, an interesting name has entered the mix.
The Bengals and Titans have both offered former Jaguars receiver Matt Jones a contract. According to The Tennessean, the Titans have been interested in Jones since last September while Jones visited with the Bengals this week.
While both offers are for around the same amount, Jones might have a better opportunity with the Bengals. The Titans have a stable corps of receivers in Justin Gage, Nate Washington and Kenny Britt while the Bengals are lacking playmakers.
In case you're not familiar with the work of Mr. Jones, let me remind you. A quarterback at Arkansas, he was converted into a wide receiver as a pro and was drafted by Jacksonville in the first round of the 2005 Draft. In four seasons, he had 166 catches for 2,153 yards and 15 TDs. Certainly not a world beater. A guy who produces like this ought to be squeaky clean, right? Uh, no.
In the summer of '08:
Jones and one other former Arkansas football player, Jared Hicks, along with another person, Benjamin Cook, were inside a vehicle that was searched by police. The police found a plastic bag filled with six grams of a white substance that tested positive as cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue. Officers questioned Jones and he acknowledged the white powder was, in fact, cocaine, the report said.
Most reports also had Jones chopping up the cocaine when approached by police. On the bright side, he totally learned his lesson and never got into trouble again. As long as he completed probation, the offense would be dropped from his record. End of story.
Or, in February of '09:
The drug saga of former Razorback quarterback Matt Jones turned another page on Monday in Fayetteville when he was sentenced to one week in jail.
The wide receiver with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars was arrested after failing a drug test given on February 27th.
Court officials say Jones tested positive for alcohol and admitted to drinking beer with friends the day before the random drug test.
Titans' beat writer Jim Wyatt is hearing that Jones is leading towards signing with the Bengals.