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Cincinnati Bengals sign former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones to one-year deal

Marvin Lewis hopes Matt Jones can make an immediate impact on the Bengals' passing game.
Marvin Lewis hopes Matt Jones can make an immediate impact on the Bengals' passing game.
(AP Photo/Rob Carr)

Former Jacksonville Jaguar wide receiver Matt Jones has signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals expected to be worth around $700,000, according to the team site.

Jones was offered the deal after working out with the team this week, but had yet to make a decision until Friday. The Bengals were one of two teams that offered him a deal, with the other being the Tennessee Titans.

As a team well-known for their history of giving troubled players second chances, Marvin Lewis and company hope Jones can use his size to his advantage against opposing defenses. The 6'6" Jones could not only be a threat at the slot position, but as a deep threat down the field for Carson Palmer to rely on—which is what Chris Henry did so well.

After his release from the Jaguars last March following a second arrest for violating a plea agreement that was reached after a drug charge from 2008, no team was willing to take a risk on Jones last season. He now looks to redeem his career with a Cincinnati team looking to improve in the passing game. The only player who seemed to stay consistent was Chad Ochocinco, who reached his sixth Pro Bowl in 2009 after finishing with 72 catches for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns.

The Jaguars selected Jones with the 21st pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. Before sitting out the 2008 season, Jones finished with 65 catches for 761 yards and two touchdowns in just 12 games. He made the transition to wide receiver after playing quarterback throughout his college career at the University of Arkansas.