The Bengals officially announced the re-signing of free agent cornerback Adam Jones on Monday, a few days after the two sides agreed to terms on a three-year deal.
Another official signing announcement: CB Adam Jones has signed his deal. #Bengals— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 25, 2013
Jones was one of the team's three or four free agents to re-sign heading into the 2013 season along with Michael Johnson, Andre Smith and Terence Newman. Now only Smith and Newman remain on the open market as the Bengals have brought the majority of their free agents back to the team for the upcoming season and beyond.
Jones was one of the league's best third cornerbacks in the league in 2012 and was also a solid producer as a punt returner. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones earned an overall grade of 11.1 in 2012 and was ranked the league's 11th best cornerback and the best defensive back on the team.
Jones ranked tied for second on the Bengals last season in passes defensed with 11. He had 43 tackles, a sack and one forced fumble. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Sept. 16 performance against the Browns when his three punt returns averaged 30 yards.
"It has been a pleasure to have Adam on our team," said Darrin Simmons, Bengals special teams coordinator. "He's an explosive player. He's got great innate talent. And he's competitive. He's tough. He'll fight you. He wants to succeed like crazy."
Jones has come a long way from his struggles off the field that plagued him early in his career when he was with the Titans and the Cowboys as he has kept his nose clean since he came to Cincinnati. The fact that he will be on the team for the next three years should be a big boost to the team's secondary as younger players like Dre Kirkpatrick begin to make a name for themselves.