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Levi Jones extension imminent?

Butch reports on that an extension for left tackle Levi Jones is "hopeful".  

There is a gust of growing optimism that the Bengals could be nearing a contract extension with left tackle Levi Jones as Monday became Tuesday.

At the very least, both sides appear to be talking energetically in an effort to extend Jones's contract past 2006, his fifth year in the league and as the Bengals starter. And both apparently would like to get it done before training camp opens Saturday.

Matthias Askew would be wise to limit the damage Sunday morning's arrest did for him.  Right now he's mulling whether or not to sue.  I'd advise him to be weary of Ken Lawson, his lawyer.  Lawson is notorious and enthusiastic about criminalizing Cincinnati cops before defending his clients.