Titans trade Pacman to Dallas

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 6:39pm

The Tennessee Titans agreed in principle Wednesday to trade suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick in this weekend’s NFL Draft, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The City Paper.

The Titans confirmed that an agreement on a trade had been reached, but did not disclose any details of the transaction. Titans coach Jeff Fisher declined comment. Efforts to reach general manager Mike Reinfeldt were unsuccessful.

“I am glad to see that the talks are progressing,” Jones’ agent and attorney Manny Arora said. “As Pac’s attorney and friend, I’ll be very happy for him when this deal is finalized.”

Jones, who has been suspended since April 10, 2007 for a string of off-field activities, will still need to be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has maintained that he will review Jones’ situation sometime before training camp.

If Jones is reinstated by Goodell and not suspended with the Cowboys in 2008, the Titans will also receive what is believed to be a sixth-round draft pick from Dallas for the 2009 draft. If Jones fails to be reinstated for this season, the Titans would instead send the Cowboys a pick in next year’s draft.

According to ESPN.com, Jones will make a $500,000 donation to a charity of the Titans’ choice, but a source tells The City Paper, Jones will also make some other monetary forfeitures as well to make the deal happen. He must also pass a Cowboys physical to complete the deal.

Arora has indicated in the past that he would rework his client’s contract when the time came for him to be dealt to another team. Arora is believed to be willing to agree to a deal that will allow the Titans to get out from under a major salary cap hit, which would have come if he had been traded under the terms of his old contract. It also is likely to contain plenty of incentives so as minimize the risk for the Cowboys, and allow Jones to reap bonuses based on his playing time and accomplishments.

The trade ends a troubling three-year saga for the former sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft in Tennessee. Jones was arrested six times during his time with the club, and was at or near the scene of 11 different incidents involving the police.

Jones, 24, was given a one-year suspension by Goodell after a Feb. 19, 2007 incident at the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, in which police say he incited a fight inside the establishment that led to a triple shooting in the parking lot. Originally charged with two counts of felony coercion, Jones pleaded no contest to a gross misdemeanor in the incident in December 2007.

Last Friday, Las Vegas Police arrested Arvin Kenti Edwards in Washington for the shootings after Jones identified him in a police lineup. Later, a police report said Jones paid $15,000 in extortion money to Edwards after threats were made to Jones and his family.

Two Georgia incidents also played a role in Jones’ suspension, as he failed to report two arrests from 2006 in that state to the Titans and the NFL. Charges were dropped in one incident, but Jones wound up taking an Alford plea for felony obstruction of a police officer in that matter.

On the field, Jones was a spectacular talent as both a cornerback and a punt returner, but even there he had issues that included unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and an ejection in Jacksonville to conclude his rookie season.

The Titans gave Jones’ representatives permission to seek a trade at the NFL Combine in February, and the Cowboys became his strongest pursuer. Trade talks heated up at the NFL owners meetings in early April, and the Cowboys increased their offer to close to what the Titans were seeking in the days immediately after the owners meetings.

Talks, however, had cooled in recent days as both clubs were busy in preparation for the NFL Draft.

The pick the Titans have acquired from Dallas is No. 126 overall and gives Tennessee three picks in that round (including one compensatory pick) and eight draft choices overall.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I pray the Titans get the better end of the deal with this.

By: tytanz27 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Well, I guess we got what we could for him! I think it's to bad we couldn't find a way to keep him, considering there are others in the NFL who have done far worse. You can't tell me he wouldn't have made the difference in both of those of San Diego games !! I just hope we get something comparable in the draft. At least in terms of impact ON the field!! Good luck PAC!!

By: shinestx on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Such talent, but what a headcase! This guy won't amount to much in the NFL.

By: Docpyro on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Bye,...so long. don't come back.

By: joerandall on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Such a waste of talent. He goes with much more down side than up side. Get ready Cowboy fans. Maybe they will name a wing of the jail after him. How many strip clubs do they have in Dallas? I heard the original trade deal involved two first round picks, but the Titans didn't want to give up that much for someone to take him.

By: BADCOPS on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Great for the Titans, bad, as in so bad for the Cowboys.

By: monitorman on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good riddance!He'll fit right in with the thugs and felons on The Cowboys' roster.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Cowboys have a long history of players who make lousy role models. Wasn't it Michael Irvin just interviewing Pac recently in Dallas? Maybe Dallas can trade for Chris Henry and Ray Lewis while they're at it.Dallas has plenty of strip clubs. Pac will never be lonely as long as he has a paycheck he can convert to Ones and throw up in the air.Good riddance.

By: shef2 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Let's hope this talented, but troubled young man finally "gets" the picture, and straightens up his life. Goodbye and good luck.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

YES! Sorry cowboy, you wanted him, then you didn't want him, but you got him! A great day in Nashville!

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Uncle Bud should throw a good ridance party for him. (of cource he wouldn't be invited)

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

courier, now you can take your "pac loving to talk about" crap to a Dallas newspaper! Good riddance to both of you!

By: tv8527 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Buck pacman & the horse he rode in on!!!

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Pacman Jones the poster boy for the future youth of America.

By: JDG on 12/31/69 at 6:00

There is still a LOT more to come from Vegas. I am stunned that the cowboys took this flyer, because I believe that at the end of the day, pac knew the shooter from the git-go. An obstruction of justice charge will easily get him banned for life, and IMO the Vegas police are just about there.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It is obvious that Jones has been lying about not knowing who the shooter was or he could not have picked him out of the lineup. Just glad he is gone. Now we can focus on the draft.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I was wrong, I never thought this trade would go through. The Titans, I believe, got the much better of this deal, just the fact they don't have to pay his salary and his bonuses plus they get at least one draft pick maybe two. Jerry Jones proves once again that ego and press clippings are more important to him than what is best for the Cowboys. Finally, the chances of him playing again are 50/50 at best.

By: BigPapa on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I think JJ got hosed on this deal. There was no way Pac was staying with TN, I'm just glad TN got a decent draft pick for him.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"If Jones fails to be reinstated for this season, the Titans would instead send the Cowboys a pick in next year’s draft."So it's 50/50 that Dallas wlll get a draft pick out of this. LOL!!

By: CAH on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Some are lamenting Pac-Man being gone. I'm not. On defense he was a joke. With him, we were the worst in the league on defense in 2006. Without him, in 2007, we were the 5th best.

By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Can we finally stop talking about this bum now? Let's move on as a city, Nashville.

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

CAH--- the difference in 2006 and 2007 was Haynesworth not having a 5 game absence... Pac was a great player; his ON the field ability hopefully won't be missed!

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

id, Bud is just making sure the party isn't at the Cheetah 3.

By: shenanigan on 12/31/69 at 6:00

someone at CP check and see what is the percentage of felony in the Titan ball-players orginization. I read today where the pro Basketball player runs 40%. It looks like the cowboys are wanting more outlaws they must be the best. Pac-man I have enjoyed watching you play the best to you and hope your future will be brighter and longer