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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Skins sign former Bengals first-rounder Jones

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Good news, Skins fans. Help is on the way with former Bengals first-round pick Levi Jones on the way to town. The Bengals released their left tackle a month after selecting Alabama's Andre Smith in the first round of the '09 draft. Jones started 89 games for the Bengals, but he missed the final six games of the '08 season with a leg injury.

He had a tryout with the Packers in September, but nothing came out of it. If he's healthy, I'm sure the Redskins will plug him in immediately at one of the tackle spot. In fact, I would bet he'll end up at left tackle, which will allow Stephon Heyer to move back to the right side.

I have no clue why the Redskins waited so long to bring in Jones, but maybe they were waiting for word on Chris Samuels' neck injury. The Redskins released running backs Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason on Tuesday and re-signed Renaldo Wynn.

I'm told Jones was a fan favorite with the Bengals. He went to Arizona State on an academic scholarship before deciding to walk on the football team. And some of you will recall his infamous Las Vegas fight with Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter. The Skins could use a brawler up front -- and it shouldn't take Jones long to crack the starting lineup.