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CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals have a decision to make.
Just how much do they value cornerback Adam Jones?
A video released by Cincinnati police on Monday night might complicate those thoughts. The video shows Jones, in the back of a squad car, going on a profane tirade at the officers following his arrest on Jan. 3. At one point, Jones told an officer, “I hope you die tomorrow.”
Shortly after the video was released, the Bengals, who had previously declined to comment on the issue, released a statement saying they were “extremely disappointed” with Jones.
It’s a telling statement from a team that has been known for its loyalty and willingness to extend second chances to players like Jones, Chris Henry and Vontaze Burfict, who has had multiple on-field issues but none off the field in Cincinnati.
Truthfully, the video likely doesn’t change much. The Bengals probably already knew what happened during Jones’ arrest.
If anything, the video will just enhance the reaction in the community and nationally. And it’s just one more embarrassing incident to add to Jones’ litany.
So where does the team draw the line? It’s clearly fed up at this point.
Jones, 33, was voted captain by his teammates and is supposed to be one of the voices of the team. Instead, the Bengals have been placed in a repeated position of accounting for his actions. The multiple chances extended by coach Marvin Lewis and management don’t seem to have registered.
At this point, with Jones set to turn 34 next season and due $7.5 million in salary and bonuses, is he worth the trouble? From a financial standpoint, it doesn’t make much sense.
The Bengals could choose to part ways with cornerback Adam Jones in the offseason and save significant cap space. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
The Bengals would actually save $6.8 million against the cap this season if they release Jones and $7 million if they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, which allows them to spread the cap hit out over two years. That’s money that could be spent on cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, who is just 27 and about to hit free agency in his prime.
Kirkpatrick has expressed several times that he feels grateful to the Bengals for giving him a chance after an arrest for marijuana possession gave him a “character concern” label prior to the 2012 draft.