Latest 'Pacman' suspension costs Titans fifth-round pick

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 3:54pm

The draft pick that kept on taking took one final bite out of the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, when Adam “Pacman” Jones was suspended again by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones, now with the Dallas Cowboys, was involved in a skirmish with one of his team-assigned bodyguards last week and was suspended for a minimum of four games with a suspension that was termed indefinite by the commissioner. According to reports, Jones’ situation will be up for review after the Cowboys play at Washington on Nov. 16.

With Jones suspended again, the Titans will forfeit a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft to the Cowboys. Had Jones been able to make it through the 2008 season without being suspended again, the Titans, who acquired a fourth-round pick in 2008 that they used on receiver Lavelle Hawkins, would have also received Dallas’ sixth-round pick next season.

The Titans had no comment Tuesday regarding the latest mess with Jones that cost them a draft pick for next season.

Jones was not charged in the latest incident that occurred at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, but it marked the 13th time in his troubled NFL career that police had been called to investigate a matter involving him. The first 12 of those incidents, including six arrests, all came while he was with the Titans.

“We respect and support the decision of the commissioner,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement that appeared on NFL.com. “I regret that this issue has brought negative attention to the Cowboys and the NFL.

“We move forward with a very clear knowledge as to what the process will be for a possible re-instatement. Adam is well aware of where he stands and what he has to do.”

Jones was not charged in the latest incident that occurred at the Joule Hotel in Dallas, but it marked the 13th time in his troubled NFL career that police had been called to investigate a matter involving him. The first 12 of those incidents, including six arrests, all came while he was with the Titans.

Goodell, on NFL.com, called Jones’ latest incident, “a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL.”

The incident apparently involved alcohol, something that, according to reports, could be a violation of Jones’ three-year probation agreement he reached regarding a felony assualt charge in Georgia.

Tennessee took Jones with the sixth pick in the 2005 draft, and he started for two seasons before he was suspended for the entire 2007 season by Goodell in April of that year for an accumulation of incidents, that included his involvement in a Las Vegas strip club fight that escalated into a triple-shooting, plus two 2006 arrests in Georgia that he failed to report to the Titans. The City Paper uncovered details of those arrests as they first came to light more than a year after the incidents.

The Titans eventually gave Jones permission to seek a trade in February 2008, and a deal with the Cowboys was finally completed during draft weekend in April. He was finally reinstated by Goodell on Aug. 28.

STANDING PAT: The Titans stood pat at the NFL trading deadline, deciding not to meet the Detroit Lions’ asking price for wide receiver Roy Williams.

The Titans were believed to have some interest in Williams, but not at the price it reportedly took for the Cowboys to acquire Williams.

Dallas received Williams and the Lions’ seventh-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for the Cowboys first, third and sixth-round picks in next year’s draft.

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

Once a thug, always a thug. At least in this case.

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

Many of us saw this comeing and told the Titians not to sign him when he had the bar fight on his "visit" here pre signing.Sorry I can't feel any compassion for the Titians.

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

Who????????..........believe me,the Titans are not looking for your "compassion".

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

"You can take the thug outta the 'hood...." Send him back to the 'hood, and send Ray Lewis with him!

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

id, do you really think you are being funny spelling the Titans the way you do?

By: JK049 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Good riddance! Enjoy him Jerry! The smartest thing the Titans ever did was get rid of that idiot. He's got tons of cash, but can't buy the one thing he needs most- sense.

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

Even with Jones in Dallas, the Titans suffer from their earlier decisions.