Adam Jones just told me is going to sign with the #Broncos, he has not done so yet.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 26, 2018
The Bengals declined to pick up the option on Jones’ contract this offseason, sending him into free agency. Prior to signing with the Broncos, Jones worked out for the Browns. But, his visit to Cleveland ended without a contract.
In eight years with the Bengals, Jones played 100 games with 68 starts. He racked up 305 tackles, 12 interceptions (1 for a touchdown), 5 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries (1 for a touchdown) and 2 sacks. He also contributed on special teams with 98 punt returns (1 touchdown) and 51 kick returns. He often provided a much-needed spark on special teams, averaging 11.3 yards per punt return and 26.4 yards per kick return.
Jones will reunite with former Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, who is now head coach of the Broncos. He’ll likely be looking to make an impact not only at cornerback but on special teams, too. This, despite being 34-years-old.
Adam Jones also just told me after he officially signs to join the #Broncos, he is planning on attending the team's special teams meeting. Broncos adding veteran experience & a little more alpha to the team personality with this move.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) August 26, 2018
Jones isn’t a lock to make the 53-man roster in Denver, but it’s a good sign for him that the Broncos were interested in signing him at this point in the offseason.
There was some thought Jones could return to Cincinnati if the Bengals needed a cornerback in a pinch, but with the cornerback packing his bags and moving to Denver, that looks like it won’t be happening.
Congratulations to Jones as he moves on with the Broncos. He’ll see at least one familiar face in the locker room as former Bengals nose tackle Domata Peko is entering his second season in Denver.
The Bengals play the Broncos in Week 13.
Update: Jones’ agent confirmed the news.