Adam Jones' status is still unresolved.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Bengals aren't ready to resolve the status of Adam Jones and say their cornerback one year removed from the Pro Bowl "has to earn his way," as faces charges stemming from a Jan. 3 incident at a downtown Cincinnati hotel.
While meeting the media at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin also indicated that backup quarterback Andy Dalton's contract status could be headed to arbitration and that they're not actively looking to trade him.
"We'll listen. We'll always listen," Tobin said. "We're in the AJ McCarron business. He's a good player. He's proven valuable. He elevates our offense even when he's not on the field by the way he works and the way he leads and the preparedness that he has when called upon. There's going to have to be something pretty valuable for us to be out of that business."
McCarron signed a four-year deal when he was taken in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, but he could be a restricted free agent after this season because he didn't accrue an NFL year of experience when he spent most of his rookie year on the non-football injury list. Tobin said the club hopes to have him for another year, but also said such matters can be decided by arbitration.
Tobin said the Bengals are also waiting when it comes to Jones in the wake of a loud and profane confrontation with police.
"I'm not going to condone what he did," Tobin said. "But whether there was something criminal or not is to be determined by the criminal justice system. We're going to let that work and if there's an NFL penalty that will be determined by the league, we'll let that work and we're not going to make any rash, harsh or fast decisions about the future of our team without all the information.
"His status on our team is like a lot of players' status on our team. He has to earn his way like everyone does. Where this goes I cannot predict. But we're certainly not going to make a decision on him without more information."
But clearly Tobin thought it was uncharacteristic of the Jones that has emerged the past few years.
"It was disappointing. It was disappointing for us to see him display what he displayed," Tobin said. "It is a poor reflection of him and it's not indicative of who he is in our opinion. I think Adam is better is that."
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