How do you introduce a player like Adam Jones? Outside of Cincinnati, he's still known as "Pacman" and the player he was before he played for the Bengals. But for Bengals fans, he's been one of the team's key players for much of his time in Cincinnati and has turned into a leader. Surprisingly, Jones has found a way to play his best football as he's gotten older and after his first Pro Bowl season, Jones enters free agency at the age of 32. In 2015, Jones had 62 tackles, 53 of which were solo, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 12 passes defensed and 3 interceptions in 14 games played. He missed two games due to a foot injury. During his six-year career with the Bengals, he's compiled 263 tackles, 2 sacks, 53 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 1,265 yards on kick returns and 933 yards on punt returns. He's also had 3 touchdowns: 1 from a forced fumble, 1 from an interception and 1 from a punt return. Jones isn't just a great corner, he's also an excellent and impactful return man.
What he offers: Where he wins -- Jones still has that athleticism that got him drafted so highly in 2005. It shows as a returner where he is one of the best in the NFL and when he's in man coverage mirroring wide receivers. He's a quick-twitch athlete who has developed in the technical and mental areas as he became a veteran. Jones is aggressive and doesn't back down from anybody. His passion and intensity have fueled the entire team on many Sundays. He always seemed to come up with a big play when the Bengals needed it most. Although he's still a smaller CB, Jones is a fighter and has become a good tackling corner. There were stretches of 2014 and 2015 where he was shutting down his opponent and his side of the field. In 2015, he allowed only one touchdown and it was to DeAndre Hopkins in the endzone on a great one-handed catch.
Concerns: Concerns with Jones will always stem from his past and the aggressive way he plays. Sometimes, he allows his passion to boil over and it can hurt the team as much as it helps. His aggressive nature can lead Jones to bite on double moves and get beat deep, although that didn't happen in 2015. Jones wasn't always a good tackler, his size often limited in the physical portion of the game, but we haven't seen that recently.
At his age and with his past, most teams won't be interested, but Jones is currently the Bengals best corner and should be a priority in free agency. I can't see him getting too much attention in free agency and this should be a smooth re-signing for Cincinnati. Jones seems to love the Bengals organization, being a Bengal and living in Cincinnati and that should continue for the foreseeable future.