Titans give Pacman OK to seek trade

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 1:42am

Suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been given permission by the Tennessee Titans to pursue a trade, The City Paper has learned.

A league source from one team Jones’ representatives approached at the NFL Combine last weekend confirmed that they had been asked about their interest level in acquiring the cornerback. That team, however, currently has no interest in pursuing Jones.

The level of interest from any other teams that might be interested in Jones is not known at this time. But by granting the request, it signals that Jones’ days with the Titans are likely over.

Jones’ agent and attorney Manny Arora would not confirm what the source indicated.

“The Titans have publicly stated that they are looking at all their options concerning Adam Jones,” Arora said. “If and when the Titans make a final decision, we will test the market on Adam’s behalf.”

Jones has been suspended since last April 10, but would not necessarily have to be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before a trade could be finalized, according to the league office.

“A suspended player can be traded like any other player under contract. (The team is trading the contract, in essence.) The trading period for this year begins on Friday,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail.

The Titans had no comment Wednesday evening, but have consistently deferred to the NFL regarding Jones’ status throughout the suspension. They last issued a statement on Jan. 31 that read in part, “we did inform his representation that, at some point, we would investigate all of our options. We will not comment otherwise until the suspension has ended and we have reached conclusions about his future with the club.”

Jones last week had the review of his case by Goodell and Goodell extended the suspension until sometime before the opening of training camp. He was also barred from the Titans’ facility again as part of last week’s ruling that continued the suspension. That banishment could coincide with the decision to grant permission for Jones to explore trade opportunities.

Jones, who turns 25 in September, had three punt return touchdowns in 2006, and was also a valuable contributor on defense for a Tennessee team that rebounded from an 0-5 start to finish 8-8 that season.

However, he has been arrested six times and has been at or near a dozen police investigations since being drafted by the Titans with the sixth pick overall in the 2005 draft.

Most recently, Jones used an Alford plea to settle a felony obstruction of an officer charge in Fayette County, Ga., stemming from a 2006 arrest he failed to report to the Titans or the NFL.

He also settled a case from last year in Las Vegas in December by pleading to a gross misdemeanor of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, after originally being charged with two counts of felony coercion there after a strip club fight escalated into a triple-shooting in the parking lot of the Minxx Gentleman’s Club.

Jones’ agents said last week they would be willing to restructure the cornerback’s contract, if need be, to a more incentive-laden deal if it helps Jones get another chance to play in the NFL either with the Titans or another team.

Arora said last week at the NFL Combine that he would consider asking Goodell to possibly review Jones’ case closer to the time of the April draft to give him a bigger window to be in a team’s plans for 2008.

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

bye bye!

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

It will not be long before you hear a melody with words "Ghetto.Ghetto hear I come. I been bold baby,I been bad,and I been strong, but it's the Ghetto where I belong."

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

This thing was bad from the very first minute. When they drafted him and he was standing there with his pimp cup and t-shirt with his own picture on it- you knew this was a bad bad pick.After that there was the hold out, then the insidents... what a disaster.

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

Dear Adam "Pac Man" Jones,Thank God for your athletic talent. Otherwise, based on your recent behavior; where do you think you would be today? Going forward, how do you want to be remembered?Learn from this episode in your life to make the remainder of your life better for you and your family.

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

Back before he was drafted and signed, I said right here that the Titans should pass on him; that he was bad news. But alas...

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I refer to TITAN1 and his man crush on Pac. Pac was in trouble, but nobody is perfect. Therefore we cannot blame. Then when Pac would go out, trouble would find him. Pac was always the victim, according to TITAN1. Pac kept walking the fence and would almost fall to the bad side, only to cut his dreads and humble himself to the fans. Then the sincere pep talk to the Pearl-Cohn football players, the pledge that Pac had seen the last of a courtroom. Remember those defenses you made TITAN1?

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

BigPapa--- The picture on his t-shirt was actually of his grandmother...I want pacman to stay with the Titans. The Titans players (keith bulluck, chris hope, vince young, lendale white, etc.) want him back and they know a lot more about him personally and his contributions to helping the Titans win. On a side note, this is a smart move by the Titans because if a team is willing to put up a good trade or draft pick for him, it might be worth it. If I were Bud or Fisher i would not accept anything less than a 3rd round pick. I would restructure his deal to be almost completely incentive based, and if he messes up again, he's out of the league and not returning punts against the Titans.

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

Wow courier, did you hit your head on the toilet again? Oh that's right, you think someone can't have a different opinion than they did a year ago.

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

I think he's got a man-crush on you. Either that or it's that fanatic Frank Brown under a different name. lol

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

I admit I took up for him a long time, but gave up after the Vegas deal, but I guess he loves living in the past. Jones isn't the only thing I have been wrong about and I'm sure it won't be the last. I didn't know I was suppose to be perfect. LOL!

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

By: nashbeck on 2/28/08 I want pacman to stay with the Titans. WHY? Want to see him kill someone here or get killed?

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

TITAN1, you and your Second at Demonbreun tailgate posse were at a consensus that Pacman was innocent and misunderstood. Could all of you have been wrong at the same time, or did you simply dream up this alleged consensus opinion to add credibility to your ridiculous viewpoint?

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

LOL! courier, you really are one big joke! LOL!

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

courier, please, grow up!

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

courier only posts when pacman is mentioned! LOL! I think HE is the one who has a crush on pacman!