Jones, who is entering his sixth year in this NFL this season, was not able to cement the No. 1 running back spot in Dallas since being drafted in the first round in 2008, and now it seems that he is having difficulty finding a new home too. Jones, who was drafted with the 22nd pick of the 2008 NFL draft, was picked up to complement Marion Barber III but was not able to make much of an impact and fell down the depth chart.
Jones was drafted ahead of current starters such as Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles and Ray Rice.
Jones does not seem like the ideal candidate for the Bengals this offseason, as he is a similar player to current No. 1 running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but has not been able to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark yet in his career. The Bengals have made it clear this offseason, that they will drafting a running back in the upcoming draft and considering their choices in the early second round, they will likely be looking to pick up Giovanni Bernard from North Carolina or Wisconsin’s Montee Ball with the fifth pick of the second round.
This is not to say that Jones will be left unsigned, of course. It’s possible that given a new opportunity under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and running backs coach Hue Jackson that Jones could start anew. But even if he is picked up this week, the Bengals will still draft a running back with one of their top picks and Jones will have to fight for a spot on the roster.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88