Suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones remains a Tennessee Titan for the time being, even as the Dallas Cowboys continue to pursue him in a trade.
The annual spring meetings finished in Palm Beach, Fla., without a trade being consummated between the two clubs involving Jones.
Compensation appears to be one issue still unresolved, while a report on ESPN.com also indicated that the Titans would like to recoup a portion of the signing bonus money already paid to Jones, as part of the $13 million in guaranteed money he was given when he signed his rookie contract. According to the report, Tennessee wants the Cowboys to ante up that cash. That request could be a major sticking point.
It is not clear as to how much money could be regained regarding payouts of bonuses versus incentives Jones may have reached before he was suspended. Much of Jones’ past bonus money was paid in installments, rather than in a lump sum.
Regaining the bonus money from Jones himself also might be tricky. The Titans forced defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to pay back part of his bonus money during his five-game suspension in 2006, but more recently a judge ruled that the Atlanta Falcons could not recover signing bonus money from jailed quarterback Michael Vick, perhaps setting a precedent to the contrary, though the Falcons and the NFL apparently have plans to appeal that decision.
The Titans have indicated in the past that regaining a portion of Jones’ bonus money already paid out was an option they would hold onto and possibly pursue.
“I don’t know why they would pursue the past bonus money if it’s going to hold up the deal. There is a limited window we’re dealing with with regards to a trade, and if they wind up having to release him without reworking his contract, they’ll take a much bigger cap hit than if they rework his deal and trade him,” Jones’ agent and attorney Manny Arora said.
Since Jones’ representatives were given permission to seek a trade in February, the Cowboys have become the primary focus of the negotiations. Other teams recently have inquired about Jones, who admitted at a charity event in Atlanta Tuesday that New England, Miami and Detroit had also voiced interest in him. The Lions are believed to have dropped out of the bidding, however.
Still, the Cowboys are the frontrunner to land Jones, and talks are likely to continue up until the NFL Draft April 26-27.
Meanwhile, Jones’ representatives, who have said they are open to reworking the cornerback’s contract to make it more cap friendly for the Titans in dealing him and more incentive-laden to the team acquiring him, continue to wait until something can be finalized.
“We haven’t heard anything from anyone yet about a deal being done. It is entirely between the Titans and the clubs they’re talking to. We’re still waiting to hear,” Manny Arora said.
Efforts to reach Titans coach Jeff Fisher Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told ESPN.com about the situation involving Jones, “It's been discussed ... but right now there's nothing to talk about.”