Cowboys increase offer for Pacman

Monday, April 14, 2008 at 11:32am

The Dallas Cowboys increased their offer over the weekend for suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, but the Tennessee Titans are still holding out for more compensation.

Trade talks involving the Titans and Cowboys restarted over the weekend, according to sources, and Dallas’ offer was significantly more than the late round pick previously offered.

The Titans, however, are still believed to be holding out for a fourth-round pick, plus more, as they had previously asked for a fourth-round choice in the 2009 draft as well, according to various published reports.

A league source indicated to The City Paper late last week that a trade involving Jones was “still likely” to happen, despite a statement from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones late last week that he did not know whether the deal would happen.

One of Jones’ representatives acknowledged that the two sides are talking again after both teams could not reach an agreement at the owners meetings early last week.

“It is my understanding that some new dialogue has taken place, but I’m not sure to what extent,” said Nashville attorney Worrick Robinson, who is one of Jones’ agents, along with Manny Arora.

There are still issues that must be resolved in order to make a deal happen for Jones, who is also expected to apply for reinstatement as early as Tuesday. There have been reports that a trade could be completed this week, but compensation and money must still be determined.

The money issue revolves around money owed to Jones by the Titans versus the club’s request that the cornerback pay back part of the bonus money from his original contract.

The Titans apparently owe Jones around $1.25 million in roster bonus money that he earned before being suspended a year ago. However, the Titans are interested in trying to recoup a portion of Jones’ original signing bonus _ some of the $13 million in guarantees they gave him. Those guarantees, however, were not paid in a lump sum signing bonus, but in installments, some of which are apparently still owed to the cornerback.

Regarding that obstacle, the Titans can trade Jones without the money issues being resolved, and both sides would reserve the right to pursue a grievance against each other even if he were no longer Tennessee’s property. However, both sides would prefer final closure in regards to the money before a trade is finalized.

Jones can also be traded without being reinstated, though reinstatement would enhance his value and the Titans’ ability to move him.

Jones has applied for reinstatement twice already and been denied by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The first time came after 10 games of the 2007 season. Then, in February, Jones’ suspension was extended after Goodell had said it would be reviewed at the end of the Titans’ season in January. Jones’ representatives were told that his situation would be reviewed sometime before training camp.

Arora said he will apply for reinstatement sometime before the draft and told The City Paper last week that the application is expected to come this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday.

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By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

If the Cowboys were smart they'd let it go.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Where is that Jim Cramer "Mad Money" sound effects button? SELL, SELL, SELL.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

What is significantly more? A 5th and a couple of trashbags of $1 bills? A deluxe stripper pole in his new house in Dallas? VIP treatment at select Dallas "gentlemen's clubs"?

By: DDG on 12/31/69 at 7:00

But, seriously folks...This kid is an idiot. I'm glad he's leaving. He did very little for the Titans and took a lot. He will end up homeless, addicted to crack, after the Cowboys get rid of his dumbass in a few months.

By: DDG on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Oy Oy Oy Oy we poppin rubber bands...

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Did very little? His on the field play, excluding stupid penalties, contributed directly to wins several times, most notably in the comeback against the Giants. He's an idiot, but he's a talented idiot and if he actually gets on the straight and narrow, could help the Cowboys or Patriots, like they both need improvement.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I'm sorry, I just have this prejudice against really dumb people and this Pacman ranks in my top three with Bush Jr and OJ.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

McCormick says the offer has increased significantly but has no info on what the new offer is. This is the kind of story that "real media" try to blame on bloggers yet he can post it as real story because he has "sources close to the situation".

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I don't like the Cowboys, but if they rid us of Pac Man I may change my opinion. Pac Man, if you're reading this there are lots of great nudie bars in Dallas.

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Pacman will either get killed or be responsible for someone else getting killed. (almost happened in Vegas)Wonder if Dallas will require him to wear one of those electronic monitoring devices during the season? :)

By: shinestx on 12/31/69 at 7:00

gawd, if only we could get a first round pick for this numbskull. OK, I'll be happy with a fourth round. He'll be nothing but trouble wherever he goes, and I'd love to see Jerry Jones pay good money to learn that lesson.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

One arrest from being banned for life, let Jerry Jones have that worry.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

When I was young the Dallas Cowboys were my favorite team. Now that Jerry Jones owns the team I pull against them every single game they play. I would pull against them if they played a team from Beijing. I do love the competitor in Jerry Jones. He wants to win so badly. Pacman will help the Cowboys. (not that they need much help) The Titans are about making money for Bud Adams. Nothing wrong with that. Does anyone know what the Titans won lost record in the nine years they have been in Tennessee?

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Does anyone know where frank brown is on the idiot scale from 1-10? You guessed it, 10. Biggest idiot of all time, besides being sarcastic and bitter all the time.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Whew, as a Cowboys fan it's a relief that he doesn't pull for them anymore. I think he pulls for the mental ward at Central State.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Fellows you are taking my comments far too personal. You should examine them along with your own exuberance as a route to the truth.