The Tennessee Titans agreed in principle Wednesday to trade suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round pick in this weekend’s NFL Draft, a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The City Paper.
The Titans confirmed that an agreement on a trade had been reached, but did not disclose any details of the transaction. Titans coach Jeff Fisher declined comment. Efforts to reach general manager Mike Reinfeldt were unsuccessful.
“I am glad to see that the talks are progressing,” Jones’ agent and attorney Manny Arora said. “As Pac’s attorney and friend, I’ll be very happy for him when this deal is finalized.”
Jones, who has been suspended since April 10, 2007 for a string of off-field activities, will still need to be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who has maintained that he will review Jones’ situation sometime before training camp.
If Jones is reinstated by Goodell and not suspended with the Cowboys in 2008, the Titans will also receive what is believed to be a sixth-round draft pick from Dallas for the 2009 draft. If Jones fails to be reinstated for this season, the Titans would instead send the Cowboys a pick in next year’s draft.
According to ESPN.com, Jones will make a $500,000 donation to a charity of the Titans’ choice, but a source tells The City Paper, Jones will also make some other monetary forfeitures as well to make the deal happen. He must also pass a Cowboys physical to complete the deal.
Arora has indicated in the past that he would rework his client’s contract when the time came for him to be dealt to another team. Arora is believed to be willing to agree to a deal that will allow the Titans to get out from under a major salary cap hit, which would have come if he had been traded under the terms of his old contract. It also is likely to contain plenty of incentives so as minimize the risk for the Cowboys, and allow Jones to reap bonuses based on his playing time and accomplishments.
The trade ends a troubling three-year saga for the former sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft in Tennessee. Jones was arrested six times during his time with the club, and was at or near the scene of 11 different incidents involving the police.
Jones, 24, was given a one-year suspension by Goodell after a Feb. 19, 2007 incident at the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, in which police say he incited a fight inside the establishment that led to a triple shooting in the parking lot. Originally charged with two counts of felony coercion, Jones pleaded no contest to a gross misdemeanor in the incident in December 2007.
Last Friday, Las Vegas Police arrested Arvin Kenti Edwards in Washington for the shootings after Jones identified him in a police lineup. Later, a police report said Jones paid $15,000 in extortion money to Edwards after threats were made to Jones and his family.
Two Georgia incidents also played a role in Jones’ suspension, as he failed to report two arrests from 2006 in that state to the Titans and the NFL. Charges were dropped in one incident, but Jones wound up taking an Alford plea for felony obstruction of a police officer in that matter.
On the field, Jones was a spectacular talent as both a cornerback and a punt returner, but even there he had issues that included unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and an ejection in Jacksonville to conclude his rookie season.
The Titans gave Jones’ representatives permission to seek a trade at the NFL Combine in February, and the Cowboys became his strongest pursuer. Trade talks heated up at the NFL owners meetings in early April, and the Cowboys increased their offer to close to what the Titans were seeking in the days immediately after the owners meetings.
Talks, however, had cooled in recent days as both clubs were busy in preparation for the NFL Draft.
The pick the Titans have acquired from Dallas is No. 126 overall and gives Tennessee three picks in that round (including one compensatory pick) and eight draft choices overall.