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It’s Official: Pacman A Bengal

NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Bengals and free agent DB Adam “Pac-Man” Jones have consummated a 2 year deal

According to La Canfora, the deal is for the veteran minimum, but Jones can earn more through triggering incentives.

This deal was rumored to be in the works for the last few days, particularly after word surfaced that the team gave the troubled former first-round pick a second try-out with the club on Tuesday.  After that, players Chad Ochocinco and Tank Johnson chimed in with praise, and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer gave his seal of approval.

Although Marvin Lewis seemed lukewarm to the idea in his last press conference, he’s apparently changed his tune.

One question that has been asked throughout the intergoogle is what Jones’ role will be.  Observers note that the team is seemingly deep at cornerback. Starters Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph form one of the best combos in the league.  Nickel corner Morgan Trent flashed good potential as a rookie last year, and back-up David Jones,  is a former starter.  Plus the team drafted Brandon Ghee, a physical and talented DB from Wake Forest in the 3rd round of April’s draft.

And besides, let’s not forget he’s a criminal!  No need to add a bad apple to the bunch.

As for me, I just don’t get the uproar.  With respect to the venerable Doc and Chick, I see this as all good.

First of all, he’s been cleared to play, having  served his league suspensions and navigated through his legal entanglements.

Secondly, Pacman may not even make the roster.  The fact is that he isn’t  guaranteed anything.  He will compete for a job on the defense, probably as a nickel back.  He’ll potentially provide some experience in case of injuries to the starters (note: Joseph in particular has a bit of a history).  He’ll also vie for  the primary punt returner spot on special teams, where we’ll need a good player with Quan Cosby’s future frankly in doubt.  With both Hall and Joseph nearing the end of their rookie contracts, it simply makes sense to flood the position with potential replacements, especially after Joe Reedy’s comments in a recent Enquirer chat, in which he termed it unlikely that the team would be able to keep both-new CBA or not.

And if Pacman doesn’t work out, gets in trouble again, or becomes the second coming of Rod “Toast” Jones,…

Perhaps the WORST Bengal Defensive Back of all time, Rod Jones, pictured acting as a turnstile for Kitrick Taylor on Brett Favre’s first touchdown pass and come from behind victory.

…then they can simply cut him, with very little invested.  He’s playing for basically the veteran minimum people!  What’s the guff?  No one was complaining when the team signed D’Angelo Willingham.  Aside from Pacman’s high profile name, there’s really no differnece between the two signings–two veterans added to the roster with no guarantees. Why is it assumed that Pacman makes the club? Fans fret about the implications to the team and the roster with Pacman, but Willingham’s signing is a big yawn.  Why?  They are no different to me.  Neither one is a starter, or will be, and one or both will get cut before the season starts.

If, on the other hand, miracles happen and Pacman adds some calm and maturity to the boundless talent that made him a first-round pick in 2005, the Bengals will have made the deal of the year.  Just like with Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott, and Tank Johnson, they’ll come out smelling like a rose.

I, for one, say “Welcome to the Queen City” to Pacman.  And more kudos for the Bengals’ front office, as they continue to scour free agency looking for players who can potentially help.

Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis are loading up the roster for a championship run.  This is the most active they’ve been in years.  Stop over-analyzing it and sit back and enjoy!



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