Adam “Pacman” Jones said on a Dallas radio station Tuesday that he will wait until he knows where he will play and if he has satisfied all of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s stipulations before filing for reinstatement.
Jones’ attorney and agent Manny Arora had said he would likely apply sometime this week, and many news outlets reported that the application would come Tuesday. However, the decision has been delayed.
“I was going to file for reinstatement today, but I didn’t,” Jones told KESN-FM while visiting with host Michael Irvin on his radio show. “I wanted to see if things, the situation, will work out if it would be a trade or not be a trade and I go back to Tennessee before I file for reinstatement to the commissioner.
“[I’m] not saying that I haven’t done everything [for reinstatement], because I think I have done everything, but it gives me time that if I haven’t done everything, it gives him time to tell me what I haven’t done. And also if I go back to him, and it’s [the trade] already happened or it don’t happen, I can just tell him I’m ready for a fresh start.”
Goodell has said he would review Jones’ situation sometime before training camp, and he does not have to be reinstated before a trade can occur.
As first reported in The City Paper on its web site on Sunday, the Cowboys increased their offer to the Titans in talks over the weekend in a bid to land Jones, but the two sides still have yet to reach an agreement on a trade. The Titans are believed to want a fourth-round pick this year and mid-round choice in 2009. While Dallas has inched closer to that demand in recent days, the Titans still have not softened their stance.
“My bags have been packed. I’m anxiously waiting and ready to get off to a fresh start and to ready work out with my teammates … and hopefully get us a ring wherever I’m going to be,” Jones said. “Everybody knows I would love to play with Dallas. Hopefully, everything will work out. I just heard a few minutes ago that Dallas upped the offer. … I would love to come to Dallas. I would love to play with a star on my helmet.”
Other than compensation, the other issue is the Titans’ desire to recoup some of Jones’ signing bonus from his rookie contract versus bonus money he earned in March 2007 before his suspension was handed down on April 10 of last year. Jones acknowledged that he was willing to not pursue the bonus money, if the Titans would not try and recover money from him and allow the trade to go through.
“I’ve got a payment that’s being held for like $1.2 million and the Titans want $1.3 million back,” Jones said. “It got to a point where [I asked] ‘If I walk away, would y’all walk away, just for me to start on a new start?’ At the end of the day, I know what I can do on a football field; $1.2 million is a lot of money, but I feel I can make way more than that if they don’t hold it up in Tennessee.”
His agent Manny Arora has said he would like to have Jones’ destination determined before the draft April 26-27. For now, though Jones and his representatives continue to do as they have for the past year — wait.
“I’ve got to be patient. I got myself in this situation. Like I always said, I take full responsibility for all my actions,” Jones said. “I have to sit back and wait and relax and wait for something to happen.”