Thoughts on Adam Jones' arrest

It has been an awful weekend for off-the-field misconduct in the AFC North.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones became the second division player in as many days to get arrested after a bar incident in Cincinnati. Jones and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward were both apprehended by police in separate incidents over the weekend.

Here are some thoughts on Jones' arrest:

  • Jones, who was charged with disorderly conduct, is probably the last player who can afford any bad media coverage. Jones responded via Twitter that he wasn't drunk, but anything involving Jones and the police is not a good sign. The embattled cornerback has had many brushes with the law and is already down to his last strike. That could hurt his case if the NFL decides to look into this once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

  • The Bengals are relying on Jones to play a major role this season. If the team doesn't re-sign free-agent cornerback Johnathan Joseph, Jones is expected to be the starter. If Joseph returns, Jones could still play an important nickel role in the secondary. Jones is coming off a season-ending neck injury and has to get healthy. He was still wearing a neck brace in his mug shot.