To kick off what could be the Browns’ most important training camp in years, Cleveland’s brass have decided to give free-agent cornerback Adam Jones a tryout. While the talent is undoubtedly there, do the major concerns off the field justify the production on the field?
On Thursday morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that the Cleveland Browns would be giving a training camp tryout to former Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones later in the week. Jones is now a 34 year old free agent, and likely looking for one of his last contracts.
A noted problem child, Jones has been suspended multiple times, for multiple offenses. Most recently, he has faced charges for assaulting an airport employee in Atlanta.
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Of course, Jones’ off-field problems have made him one of the league’s most hated and eyeroll-worthy players, but do the Browns actually have a point here?
In a vacuum where he is only seen on the field, Jones is one of the league’s top-flight cornerbacks. The West Virginia product has picked up 499 tackles and 16 interceptions throughout his eleven season career.
At 34 years old, he might be the perfect leader for this young secondary, if not for his awful presence off the field.
The Browns truly need to ask themselves if this signing is worth it. Jones, while a phenomenal talent, is old, broken down, and causes way too many problems off the field.
Last season, Jones also suffered a season-ending groin injury during their Week 12 game. He started all nine games that he played for the Bengals last season.
If John Dorsey and the Browns decide that his talent is still worth it, so be it, but they should be ready for the baggage that comes with him.