Improving The Secondary… But At What Cost?

Rumors are beginning to swirl about the Cowboy’s interest in Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. Jones is arguably one of the best young DB’s/ return specialists in the NFL today. In 2006 he recorded 62 tackles, one sack, 1 forced fumble, 12 deflected passes, 4 interceptions, 130 return yards, one interception touchdown, 14 passes defended (second-team), 440 punt return yards and tied for NFL-high with 3 punt return touchdowns. Those are impressive numbers by anyone’s standards.

Now for the bad news. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you know about Pacman’s 2007 season. Or should I say non-season.

Just before the 2007 draft Jones was involved an incident in a Las Vegas strip club that resulted in a fist fight and a shooting that paralyzed one man. On April 10, 2007, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced a 1-year suspension for Jones, to be re-evaluated after the 10th regular-season game. After a meeting between Goodell and Jones on November 5, 2007, it was announced Jones would not be reinstated during the 2007 season.

My advice to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization: Don’t be misled to think this player can change. He’s been given second chances before. He will be a "cancer" to this franchise. There are plenty of players available without the baggage/criminal history of Jones.

Adam "Pacman" Jones criminal history:

July 13, 2005 – Arrested and charged with assault and felony vandalism after a nightclub altercation. This began Pacman Jones NFL rap sheet. He already had a lengthy one from high school and college.

September 5, 2005 – Adam was invited to attend the Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon. Jones went off on a verbal tirade while being told to wait for his car after the event. He then refused to tip the valet service.

October 2005 – State of West Virginia filed a petition stating that Jones had not been contacting his probation officer and that he had not reported his July 2005 arrest. The judge extended the probation for just 90 days.

October 26, 2006 – Jones was issued a citation for misdemeanor assault after a female student from Tennessee State University claimed that Jones spit in her face at a Nashville night club.

Feburary 19, 2007 – Jones was in the middle of a fight and shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas that left one man paralyzed and two more wounded. The fight broke out after Jones showered strippers on stage with $81,000 dollars. The club owner claims Jones was beating a strippers head against the bar while claiming to kill one of the club’s employees.

January 3, 2008 – PacmanFebruary is accused of punching Wanda S. Jackson in the face at an Atlanta strip club called the Body Tap Strip Club. Jackson says Jones reached over the counter and sucker punched her in her left eye.

I love the Dallas Cowboys. All I can do is hope Jerry Jones does the right thing.

  1. Cowboy
    Cowboy says:

    Dear Abby I am not, so I will not be giving Jerry Jones any additional advice and though at times I disagree with his decisions, it seems that throughout the years Jerry has been known to do the right thing for this team. We’ve all read or heard about the incidents and troubles Adam (Pac-Man) Jones has been involved in, however let’s not be closed minded, there have been players in Cowboys History that have had similar situations. Yes, I’m talking about our own Ring of Honor and Hall of Fame Michael Irvin, a very talented player whose constant involved with the law kept the Dallas Cowboys in the headlines not to mention all the jokes we fans had to deal with. Irvin was the last player drafted by Tom Landry and knowing Coach Landry he probably would have gotten rid of Irvin in a heartbeat, however we were fortunate that by that time Jerry Jones had already bought the team. Ever wondered what the Cowboys would have been like without Irvin? How bout wiping out three Super Bowl championships! The scenario played in reverse, ever wonder what the Cowboys would have been like if they had drafted a guy by the name of Randy Moss, yes Moss was still on the draft board when the Cowboys opted to take Greg Ellis.
    So if the price is right why not take the gamble, the Cowboys would be buying a Pagani Zonda C12S for the price of a Chevrolet Aveo 5……hmm, maybe even a little Wow?

  2. George Cox
    George Cox says:

    I don’t care how good he is, I don’t want him. Right now we have a very good team chemistry, and I believe Pac-Man Jones would destroy that, despite how talented he is.

  3. Orlando
    Orlando says:

    I agree with getting him but for the right price only. This way if he gets into any kind of trouble you get him and take a small loss. If it works out like Jerry’s other problem childs then we gained another pro-bowler for very cheap.

  4. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Its hard to say. If he comes to Dallas, and changes and succeeds, everyone will love him.
    But on the other hand, he is more likely to tear our team apart and get in more trouble in “Big D”.
    Why risk it? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. Rich Isaacs
    Rich Isaacs says:

    Well, from Fred’s post after this one, it looks like we are getting Pacman whether we want him or not. I still don’t want him. I understand that anyone can make a mistake or two and probably deserves a second chance. But when they make a mistake, then another…then another… then another…. then another…. then another…you start to think that maybe it’s not just a “mistake” of bad timing or poor choices in companions. Perhaps they are the bad companion that should be avoided. Personally, I can see no redeeming value in bringing Pacman to Dallas. I hope I am wrong. Unfortunately, I don’t think I am.