James Rapien

James Rapien

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The Bengals should give Adam Jones an ultimatum

The Bengals are determined to keep Adam 'Pacman' Jones. He's still on the roster despite the off-the-field issues. I thought the Bengals should've moved on from Jones before free agency started. They haven't. It feels more and more like Jones will be a member of the Bengals in 2017. If that's the case, then they should give him an ultimatum. 

Mike Brown should tell 'Pacman' to take a pay cut. If Jones declines, then they should move on. Releasing Jones would allow the Bengals to get 2014 first-round pick Darqueze Dennard regular playing time. It would also make room for 2016 first-round pick William Jackson III.

Jones has been the biggest distraction of the offseason. It wasn't letting Andrew Whitworth leave or not signing a star player in free agency. The Bengals clearly want Jones around and that's their decision. They should also demand that he takes a pay cut. He's not worth the money ($6.3 million base salary) the Bengals are paying him. 

Keeping him on the roster is one thing, but overpaying him is another. The Bengals don't typically restructure contracts. They should make an exception here. Some of Jones' money could go toward extending Tyler Eifert or Vontaze Burfict. 

I discussed Jones' situation at length on the Locked on Bengals podcast below. 

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