The Jaguars today finally made the right decision, as they waived troubled receiver Matt Jones. The move means they part ways with the former first-rounder just a few days after his latest arrest. Jones was jailed last week in Arkansas for violating a plea agreement that stemmed from a drug charge in 2008. The 6-foot-6 Jones, a former star quarterback at Arkansas, is awaiting an April 13th court appearance.
After failing a drug and alcohol screening, Jones told a judge he drank beer while golfing with friends. He assured the judge it wouldn’t happen again. Sure it won’t. Jones has been an issue for awhile for the team, and finally dumping his was the right move, and it should have been done sooner.
“All roster moves are decisions we feel are in the best interest of the organization,” Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said. “This decision is a result of our ongoing player and roster evaluations. We expect responsibility and accountability, and those are important qualities as we continue the process of building this team.”
Jones should have been let go last season after he was charged with cocaine possession in July. But instead, the team gave him a shot to stick around, and he had a good preseason and regular season and became the best wide out on the team. He caught 65 passes for 761 yards and two touchdowns.
He also remains in a drug court program after the cocaine arrest. The NFL took action against Jones’ suspending him for the final three games last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.