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Bengals Cut Levi Jones

The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran left tackle Levi Jones.  The team announced the move earlier today.
Jones was a first-round pick in 2002, and he quickly became a fixture on the left side of the line.
Signed through 2012, Jones was due to earn a base salary of $3 million this year.  (Frankly, it’s a reasonable amount for a guy who by all appearances can still play.)
The Bengals held onto Jones until they could obtain his replacement, Alabama’s Andre Smith, with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
The departure of Jones means that both starting tackles from 2008 are now gone.  Right tackle Stacy Andrews signed with the Eagles early in free agency.
The Bengals reportedly informed Jones after picking Smith that the team would try to trade Jones before cutting him.  They found no suitors.  
Now that Jones is on the market, look for the Bills to make a run at him, given that Buffalo traded left tackle Jason Peters and didn’t replace him with either of their first-round draft picks.

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  1. WintonSlick says: May 6, 2009 12:19 PM

    Or perhaps Favre meant “NO way am I conversing with one of the jerks who publicly ripped Darrius Heyward-Bey on national television, and then giggled like a schoolgirl in the background while he was “interviewed” by Smug Suzy”..?

  2. Alabama leprechaun says: May 6, 2009 12:20 PM

    The Bills, Patriots, hell a bunch of teams should look at this guy.

  3. killwithme says: May 6, 2009 12:21 PM

    hello chiefs right tackle…

  4. Matt Hoover says: May 6, 2009 12:21 PM

    Why did this make sense for the Bengals? Couldn’t they move him to RT or to a G position? I mean, it’s not like the rest of their offensive line is stocked well and they lost Stacy Andrews without replacing him. This move doesn’t make sense to me, unless the Bengals are in a tight salary cap situation. Typical Cincy bonehead move.

  5. 1 Magic Loogie says: May 6, 2009 12:23 PM

    No surprise. The guy can still play but can’t seem to stay healthy. The unraveling started a few years ago when Jared Allen blew his ass up all day with the Chiefs. Should have kept Steinbach instead. Oh well.

  6. lboogie25 says: May 6, 2009 12:28 PM

    Mike Brown: “Levi, I see, here you have no arrests and no run-ins with the law. Seems like you’re not what we’re looking for in Cincinnati. We’re going to have to let you go.”
    Levi Jones: “WTF??”

  7. Beastie Bills says: May 6, 2009 12:28 PM

    Buffalo doesn’t need another tackle numbnuts. They already had Peters’ replacement on the team before they cut him.

  8. BuffaloHogan says: May 6, 2009 12:31 PM

    “given that Buffalo traded left tackle Jason Peters and didn’t replace him with either of their first-round draft picks.”
    Oh Florio – Im tired of every NFL sports reporting douche (not calling you this, just everyone else) saying this – Buffalo has their LT replacement, they traded Peters knowing that Langston Walker could step in and adequatedly fill his shoes.
    With that said, I think bringing in Levi Jones to play LT and keeping walker at RT would be a wise move.

  9. Bigflem55 says: May 6, 2009 12:31 PM

    Wow, they should have at least tried to trade him. You mean to tell me they couldn’t have gotten at least a 6th rounder for him at the minimum?
    This is not the right time to do this move. They haven’t even seen Smith play one down. Cutting a left tackle that’s relatively cheap in terms of starting left tackles without knowing for sure what’s going to replace him.
    I’m guessing Ochocinco is thinking, “Why can’t they do the same to me?!”
    Him and Farve should fight it out in the battle of better jean companies.

  10. Treez says: May 6, 2009 12:32 PM

    Which appearance are you referring to? The 4-11 record?

  11. slizz says: May 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    Good Call to Buffalo…after the Bills didn’t draft a Tackle, I figured they were gonna get Levi Jones the minute he was cut.

  12. topcide says: May 6, 2009 12:36 PM

    please lions

  13. Fredex says: May 6, 2009 12:37 PM

    The Bears should be desperate for a tackle too.

  14. r00tabaga says: May 6, 2009 12:38 PM

    GRAB HIM NOW BUFFALO!!!

  15. bwnyc says: May 6, 2009 12:41 PM

    Given his reasonable salary, especially for a left tackle, wouldn’t it make a bit more sense to see what happens with Andre Smith?

  16. Deadpool says: May 6, 2009 12:42 PM

    the Bills NEED to sign him. I’d feel much better about the Bills chances this year if they had Levi Jones.

  17. DC_Bengals_Fan says: May 6, 2009 12:49 PM

    “Wow, they should have at least tried to trade him. You mean to tell me they couldn’t have gotten at least a 6th rounder for him at the minimum?”
    Considering it’s been well-established they’ve been shopping him since before the draft, I think that’s exactly the situation. He’s been injured most of the time the last couple years, and sucked the rest of the time. Teams that wanted him probably realized they’d have a crack at seeing him for free. Which is what happened.
    “the Bills NEED to sign him. I’d feel much better about the Bills chances this year if they had Levi Jones. ”
    Don’t. I’d put a screen door in at LT before this guy.

  18. TheBengal13 says: May 6, 2009 12:52 PM

    “The departure of Jones means that both starting tackles from 2008 are now gone. Right tackle Stacy Andrews signed with the Eagles early in free agency.”
    As if that’s a bad thing, Florio? Did you see the Bengals line last year? Atrocious. Stacy Andrews is awful–the Eagles WAY overpaid for him. Good luck to whoever snags Levi–you’ll get a past-his-prime player with two bad knees. He’ll be in the league for two more years, maximum. The Bengals already have three VERY capable Left Tackles in Anthony Collins, Andrew Whitworth and now Andre Smith. As of today, it looks as if Smith will start at LT, Whitworth will be the LG and Collins will move to RT. MUCH improved from last year.

  19. ChrisJNelson says: May 6, 2009 12:56 PM

    “(Frankly, it’s a reasonable amount for a guy who by all appearances can still play.)”
    Translation: “We’ve only seen a handful of Bengals games since 2002, and at no point during any of them did we pay attention to Levi Jones, so we really have no idea how good he is.”

  20. bigstretch says: May 6, 2009 12:57 PM

    Keep Levi out of Buffalo. he has missed 17 of 48 games with knee, hamstring, back problems, and doesn’t seem to be a fit for an offense that is planning on going no huddle up tempo.

  21. crewfish13 says: May 6, 2009 1:00 PM

    Mike Brown: “Levi, I see, here you have no arrests and no run-ins with the law. Seems like you’re not what we’re looking for in Cincinnati. We’re going to have to let you go.”
    Levi Jones: “WTF??”
    – I bet you’ve had that joke since 2006 and have been just dying for a chance to use it…

  22. TheBengal13 says: May 6, 2009 1:00 PM

    “The departure of Jones means that both starting tackles from 2008 are now gone. Right tackle Stacy Andrews signed with the Eagles early in free agency.”
    As if that’s a bad thing, Florio? Did you see the Bengals line last year? Atrocious–and it started at the Tackles. Stacy Andrews is awful–the Eagles paid WAY too much for him and Levi never regained his Pro Bowl alternate form from 2003-2005. Good luck to whoever gets him now–a 30 year-old Left Tackle with two bad knees is no treasure. The Bengals already have three VERY capable Left Tackles on the roster in Anthony Collins, Andrew Whitworth and now, Andre Smith. As of today, it looks as if they’ll start Smith at LT, Whitworth at LG and Collins at RT–a MUCH better situation than last year. The Bengals will now pursue Roy Williams–bet on it.

  23. tgoods says: May 6, 2009 1:00 PM

    Enjoy his lovely attitude Buffalo.

  24. texasPHINSfan says: May 6, 2009 1:02 PM

    Fins have no need for him, but it would make a great story to have Porter take him out to the local casinos & show him a good time…

  25. oxnard says: May 6, 2009 1:02 PM

    wrong again florio….he will be a card

  26. Ralph GreNader says: May 6, 2009 1:05 PM

    Drag your fat ass to cleveland.

  27. andy3331 says: May 6, 2009 1:09 PM

    Uh can still play? Watch the tape Florio, he’s probably one of the worst left tackles in football right now. This was a much anticipated move.

  28. TheVillain112 says: May 6, 2009 1:11 PM

    Some people should try doing some research before spouting out stupid comments.
    1. Levi Jones hasn’t been healthy since 2006. When he did play he got owned by every top DE he faced: Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Trent Cole, Dwight Freeney, etc…
    2. Levi did have a run in with the law although it was dismissed. And I’m not talking about the Joey Porter beatdown.
    3. The Bengals had 2 atrocious O-Linemen last season: Ghiaciuc and Levi. Stacey Andrews wasn’t horrible but he wasn’t good either.
    Anthony Collins started for Levi for most of the second half of last season and played very well against good DE’s from teams like the Steelers and Colts. He will start either at LT or RT. Andre Smith will start at the other Tackle position. Bobbie Williams is one of the most under-rated linemen in the entire league and is a rock at RG. Andrew Whithworth is serviceable at LG. Plus we have depth with Nate Livings at Guard. Overall it will be a much improved O-Line without Levi, Stacy and most importantly without Ghiaciuc.
    So before you start criticizing, know what you’re talking about…

  29. How You Tore Your Dress says: May 6, 2009 1:14 PM

    Go Go Cryptkeeper! Get him to Oakland!

  30. Nestea1 says: May 6, 2009 1:18 PM

    It would be very interesting to see him play for Buffalo: two match-ups a year against the Dolphins and Joey Porter. Hmm, maybe the Dolphins will pick him up…

  31. John Cittebart says: May 6, 2009 1:30 PM

    Yes, the $3 million price tag is cheap for a starting LT and still reasonable for a RT.
    So why not move him to the right side? Don’t good LTs make really good RTs and really good LT make excellent RTs?
    Perhaps they gave him a shot at RT and he didn’t work out.

  32. cincykid says: May 6, 2009 1:31 PM

    Frankly can still play? You are a douche with an very large head. Levi was a warrior for us, I will never forget him coming back from knee surgery in a week to play at the end of the season in 03′.
    However, too much wear and tear on his knees over the years have reduced him to a shadow of his former self. He might be able to help another team but NOT at LT. He might be able to help in a limited and or backup role on the interior. His time is limited and I think he will be out of the league in 2 or 3 years.

  33. ahstoosu82 says: May 6, 2009 1:34 PM

    bigstretch,
    He’s coming from the team that created the no huddle. They’ve been running it as much as the Colts have in recent seasons. If you are indeed a Buffalo fan you should know the Bengals beat the Bills in the AFC championship game using the no huddle in the ’88-’89 season. Before the game the Bills tried to get the refs to not allow the no huddle. After that defeat, the Bills adopted the no huddle.
    My point is the Bengals have run the no huddle for years, even more so since Bob Bratkowski has been the offensive coordinator. If that is your only reason for Jones not to be a Bill, it’s wrong.

  34. jwill007 says: May 6, 2009 1:38 PM

    Matt Hoover says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    Why did this make sense for the Bengals? Couldn’t they move him to RT or to a G position? I mean, it’s not like the rest of their offensive line is stocked well and they lost Stacy Andrews without replacing him. This move doesn’t make sense to me, unless the Bengals are in a tight salary cap situation. Typical Cincy bonehead move.
    WOW WOW WoW where do we start…Well 1st Mr Hoover how many games has Levi played in since 2005?? Levi has a “bone on bone” issue THAT WILL NEVER GET BETTER as announced by Dave Lapham before it made the media years ago…His play has gone down every year after 2005. Jared Allen destroyed him…he couldnt pass block or run block in 08! You definitely dont know our team with Andre Smith. Anthony Collins (SHUT DOWN HARRISON AS A ROOKIE) and Andy Whitworth….This line is much improved! And bonehead moves??? Check out the grades on our draft Peter King……LMFAO!
    Please football fans if you gone take shots at the Bengals AT LEAST EDUCATE YOURSELF with up to date info and accurate data…..

  35. reddog says: May 6, 2009 1:46 PM

    I have been a Bills fan for over 30 years. All you stupid maurons that actually think the Ills have a LT on their current roster are bigger fools than Dick Mauron, Russ Brandon an the rest! Langston Walker is an overrated, fat slob who also happens to be slow footed……not something that works out well against speed rushers. Afterall, he is barely servicable at RT. This pathetic management team failed to replace Peters either through the draft or FA. Stop drinking the koolaid. This team will be 3-13 in 2009! Can’t wait for 2010 with a new coach and owner! TO will be all over Mauron’s clueless backside by halftime of week 3!!!!!!!!!

  36. hrmlss says: May 6, 2009 1:53 PM

    Right Tackle for the Packers? By the way who is this Favre guy/ Never heard of him. Must be a real wallflower, who wants to stay out of the public eye……

  37. jmikeh says: May 6, 2009 2:04 PM

    @ Matt Hoover
    Our 2008 starting tackles were responsible for getting Carson Palmer killed. As I mentioned on another thread, Levi couldn’t block my mother. The reason Reggie Kelly is so valuable to this team is because he sits off Levi’s left shoulder and helps double team the guy playing the 5 technique. That’s also the reason why Reggie Kelly caught exactly 5 balls from the TE position last year – he was always in on max-protect packages because – as I mentioned above – LEVI COUDLN’T BLOCK MY MOTHER.
    On top of that, his knees are shot (already), and he plays in quicksand. So yeah, other than that, we were freaking STUPID to get rid of him. There was NO trade market for this guy – we explored that at the owners meetings – so we dumped him.
    As for Stacy Andrews, that guy got a job in the league because he’s Shawn Andrews’ brother. He was a project that never panned out. He can run block just fine, but his pass blocking was a disgrace. In fact, it was HIS man that got through and tore up Carson’s elbow in the Meadowlands last year.
    Getting rid of these two clowns is a huge upgrade for us. Smith will start at one of the two tackle spots (probably RT early) and Anthony Collins will start at LT. If you haven’t heard of Anthony Collins, you will. Whitworth can play either guard spot and can fill in at either tackle in a pinch if one of these guys gets hurt.
    Do your freaking homework before you pop off about someone’s team. THAT’S a typical bonehead move.

  38. bigstretch says: May 6, 2009 2:20 PM

    ahstoosu82,
    first this is 2009 not 1989.
    right now and you can’t tell me that a guy with his injury history is gonna be able to play at a high level in that type of offense coming.
    i’m not saying he wasn’t at one point a good LT I’m saying that right now given his history it doesn’t seem like a good fit, that and he will end up in Arizona anyway do it’s no use talking about him going to Buffalo
    reddog i agree about the bills i was looking for they to take Oher or Britton and Dick sucks.

  39. arzcardinals says: May 6, 2009 2:22 PM

    hope he comes to AZ

  40. kristoff says: May 6, 2009 2:34 PM

    lets go bflo! do somthin positve this off-season 2 get the fans back on board the ship.

  41. shaunypoo says: May 6, 2009 2:58 PM

    I’m sorry, TheVillain112, but I have to disagree with you, Andrews was awful last year. Otherwise, great post.
    Andrew, Jones, and Ghaiciuc were all turnstiles when they played. I was impressed with Whitworth and Collins, and Williams is serviceable. I think Palmer may have been able to play the last game or two, but he is not mobile enough to be behind the line they had. At least Fitzpatrick had some wheels and could dodge large men. I love Palmer, but he is a statue back there. This line will be much improved with those three gone. I feel sorry for the Eagles, Chiefs, and whoever gets Jones if they expect productivity. Andrews has the best shot, but I doubt he will develop anymore.

  42. nati08 says: May 6, 2009 3:32 PM

    Sign Levi and put him in there, then look at your QB’s face…..like a cat in a dog kennel. This guy sucks, and he has a terrible attitude.

  43. voyager6 says: May 6, 2009 3:38 PM

    Just remember, the Bengals Had to inject animal fat into one of his knees before the few games that he played last year. He is telling everyone that he had a ‘leg’ procedure and everything is OK. If that is si\o, why the animal fat?

  44. pimpinnati says: May 6, 2009 4:29 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    1) Florio once again shows he knows nothing about talent. There is a reason the Bengals let him go …
    2) Every fan who wants to bash Cincy for releasing him obviously hasn’t watched any tape of Levi in the last 2 years. Dude is washed up and can’t stay healthy. There isn’t a mediocre DE in the league who can’t beat him.
    Basically Joey Porter robbed this chump of his manhood and he hasn’t been the same since ….

  45. zym09 says: May 6, 2009 4:47 PM

    In a related note, it was revealsed today that Mike Brown has kept Jordan Palmer on the Bengal’s roster in order to provide cheap and easy replacement parts for Carson. When asked to comment, Mr. Brown indicated that it was cheaper to keep a 3rd string QB on the roster and an orthapedic surgeon on staff than to pay a competent offensive line.

  46. lboogie25 says: May 7, 2009 7:26 AM

    @Crewfish13
    – I bet you’ve had that joke since 2006 and have been just dying for a chance to use it…
    Only the same length of time you’ve had that condom in your wallet hoping to score..

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