Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Bengals show interest in Jones
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) escapes a tackle attempt by New York Giants free safety Antrel Rolle (26) as Deon Grant (34) and Mathias Kiwanuka (94) look on during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Giants won 37-34. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas running back Felix Jones is reportedly garnering interest from the Cincinnati Bengals.
According to the Dallas Cowboys team website, Jones worked out for the Bengals earlier this week. The 25-year-old is a free agent this off-season after spending his first five seasons with the Cowboys, who took him with a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
The Tulsa native played in all 16 games for the Cowboys last season as a secondary back, rushing for 402 yards and 3 touchdowns on 111 carries. He also caught 26 passes, including two for scores.
Jones' best season came in 2010 when he accounted for 1,250 all-purpose yards. He has scored 15 touchdowns as a professional, earning an average of $2.1 million per year.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, also a former Razorbacks football player, said he wouldn't call the team's top overall pick from five years ago a "bust".
“I didn’t expect Felix to have some of the physical limitations that he’s had,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News earlier this week. “I know how hard of a worker that he is, and I know what his motor was when he came out of Arkansas. The big thing with Felix has been his health, his injuries; those have been the most disappointing things.
“We were proud to have him with that No. 1 pick."
Jones was one of a trio of running backs from Arkansas' 2007 team to play in the NFL, alongside Darren McFadden (Raiders) and Peyton Hillis (Broncos, Browns and Chiefs). Hillis is also a free agent this off-season.