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Bengals re-sign Adam Jones to 3-year deal

The Bengals have now re-signed their top safety and corner after they got a brief chance to test the open market.

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Adam Jones isn't going anywhere.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Jones agreed to a new three-year deal that will keep the Pro Bowl corner in the Queen City likely for the rest of his NFL career. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the deal is worth more than $20 million.

The 32-year-old cornerback was one of the top corners to hit the market, but after a day of testing it, Jones has opted to re-sign with the franchise where he's made his biggest mark on pro football.

In 2015, Jones had 62 tackles, 53 of which were solo, one sack, one forced fumble, 12 passes defensed and three interceptions in 14 games played. Jones only allowed one touchdown against him all season, a one-handed catch by Deandre Hopkins in the Bengals' first loss of 2015 against the Texans.

Jones missed two games in 2015 due to a foot injury, which was originally suffered during that same Texans game. During his six-year career with the Bengals, Jones has compiled 263 tackles, two sacks, 53 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles, 1,265 yards on kick returns and 933 yards on punt returns.

He's also had three touchdowns: One from a forced fumble, one from an interception and one from a punt return. Jones isn't just a great corner, he's also an excellent and impactful return man and someone the Bengals have heavily relied on, especially in recent years.

Jones got his start in the NFL after being drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 6th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of West Virginia. After two years with the Titans, multiple legal issues caused the cornerback to be suspended for the entirety of the 2007 season.

In the 2008 offseason, Jones was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, but, quickly after the season began, Jones was suspended again for violating the league's personal conduct policy. From 2007-2008, Jones was suspended for 22 of a possible 28 games. Unfortunately for Jones, the issues didn't end there as he suffered a neck injury in December of the 2009 season; he did end up coming back to play in the regular-season finale.

After Jones became a suspect in a June 2007 shooting outside a strip club in Atlanta, the Cowboys cut ties with him on February 9, 2009, the soonest they were able to do so due to salary cap rules. After sitting out the 2009 NFL season, the Bengals gave Jones an opportunity to workout for the team in February 2010 and signed him in May 2010 to a two-year deal.

Jones went through the 2010 pre-season and beginning of the season without issue, but another neck injury in October 2010 was more serious than his first and caused him to miss the rest of the 2010 season and the start of the 2011 season.

The Bengals re-signed Jones after the 2011 season to a one-year deal and in 2013, the Bengals re-signed Jones to a three-year deal to remain with the team. Jones has spent the last six seasons with the Bengals, and during that time, he's become one of the league's best returners and cornerbacks.

After many seasons where he missed time due to suspensions and injuries, Jones played all 16 games of the season from 2011-2014 and in 2015, he made his first NFL Pro Bowl.

The cornerback may have many past legal issues, and even some current on-field self-discipline issues, but he's been a prized member of the Bengals and someone the team has relied on for big plays in the return game and excellent protection on defense.

So to recap, the Bengals have re-signed their top safety (George Iloka) and corner (Adam) to multi-year deals on the first day of free agency.

Not too shabby.