Cincinnati Bengals wideout Marvin Jones is eager to test free agency, realizing he could be the belle of the ball in a soft wide-receiver market.
“I love Cincinnati,” Jones told NFL Media’s Scott Hanson on Wednesday. “…But at the same time, I am a free agent. It wouldn’t be good for me not to test the waters a little bit. It’s just an exciting process.”
As is the case with most impending free agents, Jones has no interest in offering the Bengals a hometown discount. He plans to “look at all angles” on the market, hoping an irresistible opportunity presents itself.
If Alshon Jeffery draws the Bears’ franchise tag, Jones will be vying with Anquan Boldin and Travis Benjamin as the most coveted wide receivers available.
As a high-end No. 2 receiver in his prime, he should be targeting a new deal in the range of Golden Tate’s five-year, $31 million salary.
There, I went ahead and fixed that headline for you, Chris Wesseling. If anyone is wondering where the departure of Hue Jackson is going to hurt the most, look no further than this year’s crop of free agents. Not the crazy shifts or the offensive sets. New OC Ken Zampese has been with the Bengals for as long as I can remember and he’s certainly developed a rapport with Andy and the rest of the offense that will bode well moving forward, but to a man everyone on that roster loves Hue and with a slew of unrestricted free agents looking to test the market, it would be unwise to think that at least one or two won’t end up in Cleveland along with Hue. Probably Marvin Jones and/or Mohammed Sanu which is why I care more about the campaign to bring Braxton Miller to Cincinnati in 2016 than I do about the Presidential Election in 2016. Obviously money will be the deciding factor in any free agent decision, because C.R.E.A.M. but expect the front office to offer Jones a low-ball deal in typical Cincinnati fashion leaving the door wide open for Jones to reunite with Hue on a Cleveland team that is desperate for somebody, anybody capable of making plays.