Standout cornerback Johnathan Joseph (left) is in the final year of his rookie contract.
Why would Cincinnati want to sign Jones, a player who was out of football last season, to a multiyear deal?
Reading between the lines, the answer could have something to do with starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph.
With the Bengals it is always wise to follow the money trail, and Joseph is a very good cornerback entering the final year of his rookie contract. If he has another great season, Joseph will be one of the most sought after free agents in 2011 at one of the league's glamour positions. That combination usually equals a very large contract -- one the Bengals may be unwilling to pay.