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.