Bengals, Jones agree to terms on three-year deal

Jones took to Twitter early Thursday to say: “Happy to say this morning that I agreed to a three year deal the Bengals.”

Once the deal is official, Jones will become the 10th unrestricted free agent the Bengals have re-signed since free agency began 10 days ago.

“Knowing that these guys have been with me through thick and thin, coming off a year out of football, and then playing good football and getting hurt, having surgery and still having trust in me had a lot to do with my decision,” Jones said. “Plus, the city of Cincinnati had a lot to do with it, too. I like it here, I’ve built a great fan base here and I do a lot in the community.

“And I’m content. My family is happy. It’s a nice place for us to build a home.”

In 2012 Jones played all 16 games for the first time in his career. The former No. 6 overall pick (2005) recorded 43 tackles and ranked as one of the top cover corners by Pro Football Focus.

He also added an electric dynamic to the return game. In addition to the 81-yard punt return touchdown he had against Cleveland, Jones nearly broke several others and finished with an 11.6 average to rank seventh in the league.

The Bengals had Ted Ginn Jr. in for a visit last week, but he signed a one-year deal with Carolina on Thursday. Jones’ return ensures Cincinnati will have one of its tandem of returners back in 2013. Free agent Brandon Tate remains unsigned.

Of the 10 unrestricted free agents the Bengals have re-signed, six are defensive players who helped the team finish sixth in the NFL last season. Jones said he’s excited about what the defense has accomplished and is looking forward to continuing the work.

“I would like to finish my career here,” he said. “I don’t think I only have three more years left. This is only my seventh year. I had two years to rest my body, and the year I sat out, so my body feels good. I’m content. I should be playing my best football.”

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