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Adam Jones Staying With Bengals

Published reports say the cornerback/return specialist will re-sign with Cincinnati

The Bengals have re-signed cornerback/return man Adam Jones, according to a report.

Jones played in 14 games as a starter last season and intercepted three passes, while defending 12. He also forced a fumble. A foot injury sidelined the nine-year NFL veteran for two games, which limited his ability in the return game the rest of the way.

“We like Adam,” Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s done a good job for us. He’s grown his role. He’s also a very passionate football player. He makes impactful plays for us. I think he’s really grown in our system. There’s a fit there.”

Jones, 32, finished a 3-year, $5 million contract that he outperformed with an All-Pro kick return campaign in 2014 and a Pro Bowl season at cornerback in 2015. Over the last four seasons, Jones has nine interceptions, 47 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two sacks.

Jones in 2014 turned in the best season in Bengals history in overall kick returns, and he accomplished that while seeing regular defensive time as the No. 3 corner. He earned the nod as first-team kick returner on the Associated Press All-Pro team, and also was named first-team All-Pro by the Pro Football Writers Association and Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

Jones in 2014 became the first Bengal to win an NFL kickoff return title, averaging a club-record 31.3 yards. He finished second in the league in punt returns (12.0). No previous Bengal had finished in the top 10 in both categories for a season. His five career punt returns for touchdowns, including one for the Bengals, is tied for second among active players. He ranks first in franchise history with a career punt return average of 11.4 yards.

On defense in 2014, he tied for second on the team with three picks, and finished third in passes defensed with 11.

In 2013, he tied for the team lead with three interceptions and led with 18 passes defensed.

Jones has established himself with the Bengals, having played 65 of his 104 career games (including postseason) for Cincinnati.

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