According to the team's website, the Bengals will also announce a deal today with former Giants safety Gibril Wilson. Gibril, who joined the Raiders in an ill-fated marriage the year after the Giants won the Super Bowl, was released earlier in the off-season by the Dolphins.
The Bengals are hoping Jones (pictured) can resurrect his career after troubled stints in Tennessee and Dallas. The 5-10, 186-pound cornerback has had a string off-field problems that have cost him 22 games in suspension. He hasn't played since 2008 when he had a backup role in Dallas. The Bengals are looking at him in a similar capacity in a bid to solidify a secondary that features starters Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall, as well as nickel corner Morgan Trent and third-round pick Brandon Ghee.
Jones, 26, was the sixth overall pick with the Titans in 2005. He was suspended for the entire 2007 season, traded to Dallas in 2008, and released by the Cowboys in Feb. 2009. He has played in 39 career games and has 151 tackles, four interceptions and 33 passes defensed.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will take a no-nonsense approach with Jones. "We've got a bunch of strong character guys on defense," Zimmer said. "I'm not going to let this kid screw up our chemistry. I don't think he will. He looked me in the eye and shook my hand and said, 'Coach, I just want to play.' He seems very humble. He seems to understand."
Wilson, a starter on the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl championship team, signed a free agent deal with the Raiders the following year. But he lasted only one season in Oakland before signing with the Dolphins. Miami also parted ways after just one season. Wilson had 11 interceptions in four seasons with the Giants, but had just two interceptions in 2008 and none in 2009.