The Cincinnati Bengals offered tender contracts to six players in March. Two signed (Rashad Jeanty and Abdul Hodge) and Frostee Rucker signed a contract extension. Brandon Johnson and Evan Mathis are sitting on their hands, hoping something better comes along. That leaves David Jones.
Drafted in the fifth round by the New Orleans in 2007, the Bengals claimed Jones off waivers that September. Jones has been with the Bengals since, playing in 33 games. Last year, Jones was expected to be the team's nickel cornerback until he was forced to have screws placed into his foot after suffering a stress fracture early in training camp. Jones didn't return until the fifth week during the season against the Baltimore Ravens on October 11.
Jones (6-0, 196; Wingate) is entering his fourth season. He opened last year as the team’s No. 3 CB, but missed preseason and the first four games of the regular season due to a foot injury suffered in an early camp practice.
He came back to play in 12 games, including the playoffs. In the regular season, he logged six special teams tackles, three tackles on defense and a pass defensed. He played 14 games in 2008, with seven starts, and had 44 tackles with seven passes defensed.
Jones is the seventh cornerback under contract for 2010.