Jones is latest cheap risk for Bengals

May, 6, 2010
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This much we know: The Cincinnati Bengals love a good reclamation project -- especially when it's on the cheap.

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That is why it's no surprise that the Bengals feel Adam "Pacman" Jones is a good fit for their franchise. He reached a two-year deal with Cincinnati on Thursday at the league minimum.

Yes, Cincinnati could use another corner behind starters Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall. More reasonable options such as Dre' Bly and Ken Lucas were probably too expensive for the team's liking. But signing a troubled player for pennies on the dollar is a vintage move by Bengals ownership.

Jones' poor off-field behavior led to his demise with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. But as long as it doesn't hurt the bottom line, that doesn't matter to the Bengals.

It's no secret that football is a rough sport. Show me a team with 53 choirboys and I'll show you a team that cannot make the playoffs.

But also show me a team that consistently cuts corners and ignores character and I'll show you the Bengals -- a franchise that's never won a Super Bowl and hasn't posted back-to-back winning seasons in 28 years. If the goal is winning championships, there's more than enough evidence Cincinnati's way of doing business doesn't work.

The Bengals will say they're confident Jones has changed his stripes. But Thursday's controversial and cheap signing is further proof that the Bengals refuse to change theirs.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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