Bengals tell Pacman he won’t be back without a pay cut

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The Bengals will be moving on from Adam “Pacman” Jones, unless he takes a pay cut.

Jones, who was under contract for a $5.3 million base salary this season, has been told he won’t be back under that deal, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com.

However, Jones will be welcome back if he’s willing to compete for a roster spot as a nickel cornerback and punt returner — and if he’s willing to accept the kind of salary that comes with just competing for a roster spot.

Jones said he’s unsure if he’ll be back with the Bengals at a reduced price.

“I have to sit down and make decision with family,” he said.

Jones, who will turn 35 in September, played in nine games last season before suffering a season-ending sports hernia.

18 responses to “Bengals tell Pacman he won’t be back without a pay cut

  1. There’s no market for 35 year old cornerbacks, especially with his checkered history. He would be wise to take the pay cut.

  2. Just cut him. His play has declined and he’s preventing younger/ better players from seeing the field do to Lewis’s veteran preference.

  3. I truly wonder how much money this man has made AND SAVED since he came in to the league. I hope that he can take care of his family on his savings because he won’t be making anything near 1/3 of an NFL paycheck when he is finally done…

  4. theroc5156 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    There’s $5 million more dollars the Bengals won’t spend.

    Nor should they. 35 year old role player when there is both FA and draft talent available? I would ask him to come in at a reduced rate too. $5.3 may sound like chump change (and against the new cap, it is) but if he isn’t going to be a more steady contributor, has to compete in the first place? This isn’t a “cheap Mike Brown” scenario. This is actually good business. Frankly I’d probably just cut him.

  5. reddzen says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    theroc5156 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    There’s $5 million more dollars the Bengals won’t spend.

    Nor should they. 35 year old role player when there is both FA and draft talent available? I would ask him to come in at a reduced rate too. $5.3 may sound like chump change (and against the new cap, it is) but if he isn’t going to be a more steady contributor, has to compete in the first place? This isn’t a “cheap Mike Brown” scenario. This is actually good business. Frankly I’d probably just cut him.

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    you missed his point. It’s not that this wasn’t a shrewd decision. It’s that the money saved won’t go to roster improvement. I agree with both of you.

  6. reddzen says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    theroc5156 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    There’s $5 million more dollars the Bengals won’t spend.

    Nor should they. 35 year old role player when there is both FA and draft talent available? I would ask him to come in at a reduced rate too. $5.3 may sound like chump change (and against the new cap, it is) but if he isn’t going to be a more steady contributor, has to compete in the first place? This isn’t a “cheap Mike Brown” scenario. This is actually good business. Frankly I’d probably just cut him.

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    He is saying that even if they save the 5.3 mil they aren’t going to bother spending it. Which is pretty accurate.

  7. He’s still a very good return man. He’s too slow to take one to the house, but he’ll shake and bake more yards than anyone else they have. Pay him as a nickle corner and let him return more.

  8. With Dennard playing better, William Jackson being a stand out, and Kirkpatrick signed long term, Jones would be a depth signing at best if he came back. No need to pay him starter money, especially with other guys in the secondary coming up to the end of their rookie deal in the next couple of years

  9. He’d be smart to take anything the Bungles are willing to give him. Given his history and age I doubt any other team has any interest at all. And I agree with one poster….he’s probably broke and scared that he might have to actually work for a living after his NFL career is over. He won’t be able to afford any high-priced lawyer to get him out of situations anymore so he probably can look forward to having a home provided by whatever state he’s living in.

  10. And the Pacman prison watch has officially began. I give it two years and he will be dead or in prison. The dude can’t stay out of his own way.

  11. “luke8512 says:
    March 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    Just cut him. His play has declined and he’s preventing younger/ better players from seeing the field do to Lewis’s veteran preference.”

    No need to cut him, he’s no longer under contract. They didn’t pick up the option year on his contract.

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