Today marks the one-year anniversary of the suspension of Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Though time may be running out for Jones to move his career to Dallas - where he has lobbied for a job - he appears to be getting signs of interest from the New England Patriots.
According to sources, the Pats have contacted the Titans about Jones behind the scenes, but have yet to enter into any formal negotiations. That is something that could materialize near draft time, depending on what happens with talks with the Cowboys.
Jones was banished from the NFL for a year last April 10 for a string of off-field incidents and remains in limbo even as the Titans entertain trade possibilities, while Jones awaits to apply yet again for reinstatement. He originally applied for reinstatement after the first 10 games and was rejected. Then in February, Jones received a letter from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying his situation would be reviewed sometime before training camp. That was something the commissioner reiterated last week at the annual spring owners’ meetings, adding that Jones being traded would not necessarily affect his status regarding a return.
Jones’ attorney and agent Manny Arora has said it is of great importance for Jones to be allowed to return by the draft, which is scheduled for April 26-27, and said he will apply for reinstatement again soon, perhaps as early as this week.
Despite not being on the field in a full year, Jones has been consistently in the headlines, whether it has been settling the final two legal cases pending against him in Nevada (pled guilty to a gross misdemeanor of conspiring to commit disorderly conduct) and Georgia (entered an Alford plea to charge of felony obstruction of a police officer).
In the meantime, the Titans’ favorite phrase about Jones is “we’ve moved on.” Though they have maintained that keeping Jones is a potential option, it is the least likely of the three.
The club gave Jones’ representatives permission to pursue potential trading partners in February with the Dallas Cowboys being the most open in their pursuit of the talented and troubled cornerback.
A trade appeared near two weeks ago, but the Titans and Cowboys could not agree on compensation, and the Titans’ demand that Jones repay them some signing bonus money also caused a snag.
Jones is also owed unpaid guaranteed money from the Titans that he earned from a roster bonus of around $1.25 million by being on the active roster in March before the suspension took place in April, as well as what is believed to be other guarantees in the remaining years of his contract.
Trade talks remain between the two sides, but appear to have been put on the back burner as both teams are now in full draft preparation mode.
There also is the possibility that the Patriots could still jump into the fray.
For now, though, as the one-year anniversary arrives, Jones remains a Titan and remains in limbo. For how much longer, no one can seem to say for certain.