Jones signs one-year deal with Bengals

Updated: September 19, 2007, 11:03 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Hoping to add more flexibility to the position, and gain another special teams performer, the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday signed veteran free agent linebacker Dhani Jones to a one-year contract, with a salary believed to be at the league minimum.

Jones, was released on Sept. 1 by the New Orleans Saints in the roster reduction to 53 players. He had signed with the New Orleans in the spring, after the Philadelphia Eagles released him, and he registered eight tackles and one sack in three preseason games.

Cincinnati on Tuesday released linebacker Andre Frazier to create a roster spot to add a linebacker. Jones was one of three veterans who auditioned for Bengals coaches, and he was apparently the best of the trio.

Never a defender who quite lived up to his press clippings, but still a high-profile player because of his appearances on The NFL Network and his signature bow-ties, Jones should nonetheless bolster a Cincinnati linebacker corps thinned by injuries. And, since he has started at both outside linebacker spots, he will add some versatility.

Jones signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Eagles in 2004. In three seasons, he posted 288 tackles, including 93 in 2006, when he started 15 games.

The former University of Michigan defender began his career with the New York Giants as a sixth-round selection in the 2000 draft. He played four seasons in New York before moving to the Eagles.

For his career, Jones has 557 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and 20 passes defensed. He has appeared in 95 games and started in 77 of them.

Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.