After a turbulent 12-year career in the NFL, Adam Jones is officially hanging up his cleats.
Jones broke the news on his Instagram story yesterday, announcing that: “It’s official that I’m done with the NFL, cuz”
Now 35-years old, Jones was originally the Tennessee Titans’ sixth-overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Jones spent just two seasons in Tennessee before missing the 2007 season as punishment for the first incident he was involved with in Las Vegas where three people were injured as a result of a shooting.
The Cowboys took a chance on Jones in 2008, but he lasted just half a season year there before he was released and was out of Football for 2009 after nearly playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
Once the Bengals took a chance on Jones in 2010, some stability had entered his football life. He played eight seasons in Cincinnati and was a starter in four of them. He had developed into a solid starter but truly excelled as a return man, earning First-Team All-Pro honors in 2014.
Unfortunately, Jones couldn’t escape trouble in Cincinnati. A couple incidents occurring at downtown bars, an assault at a casino followed by verbal assault at a police officer and more recently, a violent altercation at another casino, make up Jones’ extensive rap sheet just in Cincinnati.
Jones was ultimately let go of the Bengals in 2018 and later joined the Denver Broncos that season. He would go on to playing in just seven games.
Through the ups and downs, Jones managed to stay in the league for a long period of time and the Bengals were the team to get the most out of him. Here’s hoping he has a happy, and hopefully uneventful, retirement.