We talked the other day about how the Ravens choose to view players who have gone through off-field issues.
I think we're all familiar with the Bengals' history regarding such players.
Over the last few years, the folks in Cincinnati have taken a chance or two on guys with checkered pasts, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that according to reports, the Bengals are at least considering signing two guys who sport healthy rap sheets - cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and wide receiver Matt Jones.
Both guys with the Jones surname have been out of the NFL for over a year; Pacman (whose list of legal troubles is too lengthy to go through here) has drawn little to no interest from teams since the Cowboys released him after the 2008 season, while Matt hasn't gotten much NFL attention after drug and alcohol issues in '08 and '09.
The Bengals have apparently offered Matt Jones a contract (the wideout also reportedly received an offer from the Titans), and worked out Pacman to see what he had to offer.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said last week that he isn't averse to bringing in a player who has made a mistake off the field, but that he's less forgiving when those off-field issues become a recurring theme.
Apparently they don't feel that way in Cincinnati.
I know that we all make mistakes and deserve a second chance in life. But come on, this is getting ridiculous. Owner Mike Brown, head coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals' brass are seemingly handing out fifth, sixth and seventh chances on a weekly basis.
What kind of a message does it send to your team when you're constantly ignoring legal issues and locker room disputes and signing, drafting and trading for players that seem to only care about themselves?
How are the players in that locker room supposed to feel when they see that their team has tried out a player with so much baggage that a CFL team backed out on a contract with him last year?
I just don't get it.