"I truly know I will retire as a Bengal," the 32-year-old cornerback said Thursday during an interview on SportsCenter. He added that the three-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Bengals earlier this week would not be the last contract of his career.
The sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, Jones spent two controversy-filled seasons with the Tennessee Titans before spending a third with the Dallas Cowboys. Cut in February 2009, Jones was out of football for a year before the Bengals signed him in May 2010. Since then, the off-the-field issues that plagued the start of Jones' career have faded into the background, and his on-field success has dominated the conversation.
"No one would've thought I'd be in this situation here if you had to write this book five or six years ago."
Although Jones' 2015 season will be widely remembered for the untimely 15-yard penalty he received in the final seconds of the Bengals' wild-card-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh, he contributed to more than just that. He allowed just one touchdown all season, and picked off three passes for the third straight year.
"No one would've thought I'd be in this situation here if you had to write this book five or six years ago," Jones said during a news conference at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday. "I just have to do what I can handle, work out and take care of my body, do the little things and don't forget how I got here. At the end of the day, I really, truly have a picture of how I want this to look. I will not take this for granted. I ain't going to let myself down or my family down.
"It's time to be the best, it's time to work to be the best. This is what I've asked for and now I'm on this stage so it's time to go, it's time to step up."
Jones turns 33 at the start of this season. Asked if he believed his body will hold up these next three years, Jones said, "I'll fulfill the contract and more."
Multiple teams were interested in the cornerback, including the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. Jones said some of the interested teams offered him a deal comparable to what the Bengals gave him. His desire to stay in Cincinnati and to help get the Bengals past the first round of the playoffs compelled him to stay.
Jones had 62 tackles last season, one shy of a career high. He also had a sack and a forced fumble to go along with his three interceptions.