Cincinnati (NFL.com) - The Bengals released wide receiver Matt Jones on Saturday, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy reported, citing a league source.
Jones, a fifth-year pro who spent his first four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, had four receptions for 54 yards in five preseason games with the Bengals. Three of those catches came in the Aug. 8 Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Jones, 27, signed a one-year deal with the Bengals in February after not playing in 2009.
Jones was the Jaguars' first-round draft pick in 2005, but he started just five games in his first three seasons. His best season came in 2008, when he had a career-high 65 catches for 761 yards.
Jones was arrested in Arkansas and charged with cocaine possession in July 2008.
In a plea agreement, Jones was ordered to participate in a league-sponsored program that provides substance-abuse counseling. He also had to undergo random drug tests. The NFL suspended Jones for the final three games of the 2008 season for violating its substance-abuse policy.
The Jaguars waived Jones in March 2009 after he was jailed for violating his plea agreement. Jones failed an alcohol screening and told a judge that he drank beer while golfing with friends.
Jones has 166 receptions for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns in four NFL seasons. He played quarterback at the University of Arkansas, but the Jaguars moved him to receiver after drafting him.