Matt Jones converted from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver, so why not another position switch?
The Bengals officially announced Jones’ signing Thursday, and according to the Dayton Daily News‘ Carlos “Big C” Holmes, they are considering using the former Jaguar as a tight end:
- Sources tell Big C that the Bengals like Jones’ size (6-6, 220), even though he comes in about 30 pounds lighter than your average tight end. Former Bengal tight end Ben Utecht was considered a pass-catching tight end and appeared small despite his 6-6, 245-pound frame.
Jones had 166 receptions for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns in four seasons as a receiver with the Jaguars, who cut him before the 2009 season because of off-the-field issues. Jones became a red-zone weapon in Jacksonville, so a switch to tight end in Cincinnati might make some sense.
Other interesting items Around the Web on Thursday:
- After Deion Branch said he would welcome a return to New England, the Seahawks wideout said he loves Seattle, too.
- Given the choice between being cut or taking a cut in pay, Eagles G Stacy Andrews is willing to restructure his deal.
- Mike Vrabel will be 35 next season, but his agent said the veteran linebacker isn’t ready to retire just yet. Vrabel is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after spending one season with the Chiefs.
- The Lions will impose their own salary cap if there’s an uncapped 2010 season.
- Veteran TE Derek Fine landed with the Rams on a waiver claim after the Bills released him.