Pacman, Cowboys might be perfect match
Where will Pacman Jones ends up? Pat Yasinskas takes a look at the teams most likely to make a play for the troubled cornerback.
As of this moment, Pacman Jones is not allowed to play in the NFL. He also might be the most talented player remaining as free agency dwindles into the stage where role players are all that's left.That's why, all of a sudden, Jones is at the center of trade rumors. He's a talented cornerback, who was drafted by Tennessee in the first round in 2005 and spent two years starting and working as a top-notch return man. Throw in the fact the Titans would probably be glad to unload Jones for a mid-round draft pick, and it's no wonder some other teams are getting excited about the possibilities.
Even though he can't play, teams remember that Jones could play when he did play. That's enough to make some teams look the other way when it comes to Jones' off-field issues. Since he was drafted, Jones has been arrested six times, and an incident at a Las Vegas strip club tipped the scales as commissioner Roger Goodell pondered what to do about Jones.Perhaps wanting to make a statement about his new personal conduct policy, Goodell handed down a one-year suspension in April 2007 and Jones sat out all of last season. Those suspensions aren't always tied directly to a calendar and league officials have said Goodell plans to review Jones' case for reinstatement sometime before training camps start in late July. Of course, there's still a chance Goodell will decide not to reinstate Jones. Jones and his agent want resolution a little sooner because they know Jones' value could be at its highest during April's draft, when some team desperate for cornerback help might see a proven guy like Jones as a more immediate contributor than anyone they'll get in the draft. There's even an outside chance Goodell could allow the Titans to trade Jones' rights before he's reinstated. That would be a gamble for any potential trading partner. But it might be a gamble some teams, but certainly not all, will consider taking. The Detroit Lions already have said publicly they're not interested in Jones. Undoubtedly, there are other teams that have the same feeling. The Oakland Raiders, who have had more than their fair share of troubled players in the past, also are out after trading for DeAngelo Hall. But there are other teams that likely would explore the scenario. Here's a look at the teams most likely to make a play for Jones:
Pat Yasinskas covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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