Titans' show some interest in WR Jones; Bengals pursue him and Pacman

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:03pm

The Tennessee Titans apparently made contact with free agent wide receiver Matt Jones, but no deal with him appears imminent yet, according to sources.

One of Jones’ agents, Alan Herman, indicated that the Titans and Cincinnati both had made offers to the former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver, who was out of the NFL last season after being released because of an off-field issue. A decision could come as soon as today on where Jones signs.

“At this time of year, lots of teams make contact with street free agents before the unrestricted free agent period begins. A number of teams have been in contact with us about Matt,” said Herman, who confirmed the Titans' interest in the receiver.

The Cincinnati Bengals may be intested in him, according to ESPN.com which also reported that the team worked out former Titans and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones on Thursday. The workout is thought to be Pacman's first with an NFL team since the Cowboys released him in February 2009. Jones had worked out a deal last year with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, but that fell through before he ever played a game with the team.

Pacman seemingly has stayed out of trouble since his last brush with the law in October 2008. He was suspended for the entire 2007 season for multiple violations of the conduct policy while a member of the Titans.

Like the Titans, the Bengals were also reported to have interest in Matt Jones as well, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Matt Jones was suspended for the final three games of the 2008 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was cut by the Jaguars in March 2009.

The Titans' offer to Matt Jones would likely be for the league minimum of $630,000, according to a league source. Jones, a former first-round pick of the Jags in 2005, developed into a solid wide receiver after having been a college quarterback at the University of Arkansas. He caught 65 passes for 761 yards for the Jaguars in 2008, missing three games because of a suspension due to an arrest on felony cocaine charges before that season.

Jones reached a plea agreement on the charge, and was order to abstain from drugs and alcohol. He was released by the Jaguars last March after admitting to a judge that he had drank beer while golfing with friends.

Jones worked out for the Titans last September, and it appeared the team might sign him, as the team had serious dialogue about the former Razorback coming to Tennessee. However, nothing materialized, as the Titans elected to pass on the 6-foot-6 Jones, going instead with Nate Washington, Justin Gage and rookie Kenny Britt as their main wide receivers. Jones did not play at all during the 2009 season.

5 Comments on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 2/12/10 at 6:30

Another source says the Titans have offered Jones a contract.
He could be an interesting addition, if he stays focused.

By: cmarcus45 on 2/12/10 at 8:49

So the Bengals worked out Matt Jones and Pacman Jones, and I saw a report recently that linked them to having significant interest in T.O. Are they looking to implode?!? As far as I am concerned, the Titans can do without Matt Jones. I know everyone deserves a second chance, but the Titans seem to work much better without significant off-the-field issues like Matt Jones had. If we want another receiver (though we seem pretty stock-piled now), bring in Stallworth. And, yes, I know, Stallworth had an off-the-field issue, too, but his was unintentional and less likely to repeat itself than Matt Jones's problem.

By: wayneCaluger on 2/12/10 at 9:44

Looks like the Bengals want to get back into their work release program from a few years ago.

What I don't get is, the Titans are running around signing every no name Tom, Dick and Harry that other teams have cut making what appears no effort on signing a host of our own proven players before next months free agency?

I would bet if Bulluck or Bosch is not signed the Saints will make one or both an offer. The biggest thing the Saints lack are proven defensive leadership players and Williams knows Bulluck and I sure Bosch as well. Their defense did an okay job with no name defensive players, but I suspect they will be looking to add a couple seasoned defensive players.

I would be one thing if some of the Titan players were holding out for free agency, but per statements by Bosch and others not a word from the Titans front office if they want to keep them around or not.

I agree with cmarcus45 the Titans are loaded with receivers and overloaded for a team that depends more on the run and short passes.

By: TitansFan035 on 2/12/10 at 10:53

You are right Wayne!!! We can also add than in about 3 more years C.J will be gone as well!!! We all know the Titans won't pay....Just Fire 500 Fisher!!!

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 12:45

Matt Jones signs with Bengals. Even he has some sense...lol