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Bengals Bytes (3/18): Road to sadness

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Adam Jones talks about his future with the Bengals, and Andre Smith officially moves on with the Vikings. Meanwhile Siri is on the track to sadness.

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Primary goal of Bengals' Adam Jones? Be like Terence Newman, 37
Don't dare ask Adam Jones to compare himself to any cornerback other than Terence Newman. "If I could be like somebody it would be Terence Newman; period, point blank," Jones said. It's not that Jones thinks little of other cornerbacks. The Cincinnati Bengals playmaker just doesn't look up to any defensive back quite like he does his former teammate who just re-signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

Adam Jones -- Know I will retire with Cincinnati Bengals
Adam Jones is adamant that the final NFL uniform he wears will be the Cincinnati Bengals'. "I truly know I will retire as a Bengal," the 32-year-old cornerback said Thursday during an interview on SportsCenter. He added that the three-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Bengals earlier this week would not be the last contract of his career.

Minnesota Vikings, OT Andre Smith agree to one-year deal
The Minnesota Vikings' continued efforts to improve their offensive line have lured another former Cincinnati Bengals player west. The team has agreed to a one-year deal with tackle Andre Smith, adding the former first-round pick after bringing him to the Twin Cities for a visit on Sunday and Monday. According to a league source, Smith will get $1 million guaranteed and can earn up to $4.5 million next season.

Andre Smith signs with Vikings; Taylor Mays reportedly returns
Mays spent 2015 in Oakland after playing four years for the Bengals. Mays was initially cut in the preseason by the Raiders, but they signed him back in September, cut him in early October and then re-signed him a short time later due to injury. He finished the year playing in 14 games. Mays had previously signed contracts with Minnesota and Detroit before latching on with Oakland.

Notes: Adam looks to repay with confetti; NFL looks at Gio hit; No comment on Munchak; Ced Era
Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones had a Paul Brown Stadium news conference Thursday to mark his new three-year deal where he grew a bit philosophical about a contract that makes him a Bengal for a total of nine years after much of the NFL left him for football dead in 2010. Later he told he owes much of his comeback to Bengals president Mike Brown, head coach Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, and secondary coach Kevin Coyle.

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