JonesAccording to Cole's report, the workout was awful and the Bengals signed him to a contract anyway.
"It was one of the worst workouts I have ever seen," one team source told Cole.
Said another Bengals source, "He's not really the solution to what we need."
Not only are these comments riveting, but the fact that it's coming from inside the building before Jones plays a single game speaks volumes.
Could this discontent be coming from the coaching staff? There have been rifts in the past between owner Mike Brown's football decisions and the coaches having to make it work on the field, especially with examples like this in which Cincinnati is trying to get a troubled player on the cheap to fill an important role.
The fact that the Bengals won the AFC North last season and perhaps are just a few good players away from contending may have sparked that bitter flame once again.
Jones may shake the rust and improve to the point where he can be a valuable contributor in 2010. If that's the case, all of this will blow over.
But if Jones is not ready to return to the NFL, there are at least two people reportedly inside the Bengals' organization who can say "I told you so."