Joe Reedy of Cincinnati.com reports that the Bengals are one of three teams still looking at DB Pacman Jones:
Ray Savage told The Associated Press on Friday that the Lions, Bengals and 49ers have “great interest”. Jones began his comeback tour in Cincinnati on Feb. 11 but the general reviews were that he wasn’t prepared.
Said Jones’ other agent, Tom Hunter: “The workout in Cincinnati went well and it shows they have an interest. The teams know he is an extremely talented athlete in condition and ready to play. He can get on the field and start immediately.”
Pacman tried out with the team back in February the same day the team looked at WR Matt Jones. Though insiders reported neither player looked particularly good, the team signed Matt and apparently may still get Pacman too.
Is it just me or does it seem odd that while many traditionally ”big spending” teams are sitting out this free agency period, the notoriously frugal Bengals continue shopping? I take this as a sign that Mike Brown is ceding control to Marvin Lewis. The Bengals of 2002 would have NEVER done this much.
With respect to Pacman the player, the official Bengals Gab position on the matter is “Make it Rain!” At this point, the roster is fairly deep in most areas, and the locker room is peopled with strong, professional personalities that won’t let bad apples spoil a season. Mike Brown loves his reclamation projects, and after years of being dogged for it the team is starting to get deserved props for resurrecting the careers of troubled guys like Cedric Benson, Tank Johnson, and Pacman’s college teammate, the late Chris Henry.
On the field, Jones could be a solid, shut-down quality corner and a dynamic return man.
Now that I’ve said this, I’ll expect him to sign with the Lions.