Will Adam "Pacman" Jones be a member of the Titans in the 2007 season? The answer could come this week.
"Pac on the field is an exceptional player. Off the field, he's got some things to work out. That's all I can comment on."
-- Jeff Fisher on Pacman Jones in NY Daily News interview
Titans coach Jeff Fisher told The New York Daily News that a decision on Jones' future with the team likely will be made "by the end of the week."
"Immediate or long-term or a combination of both," he told the newspaper. "I can't comment. At this point, there's too much information forthcoming over the next week or so. The difficult part is there is a lot of information we have been unable to obtain to this point."
When The Daily News asked Fisher if he wants Jones back, the coach said: "Pac on the field is an exceptional player. Off the field, he's got some things to work out. That's all I can comment on."
The NFL is examining 10 separate incidents in which Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb. 19 triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club.
Jones' attorneys, Worrick Robinson and Manny Arora, said on radio station WGFX earlier this month that they didn't expect Jones to be charged in the Las Vegas episode but acknowledged that their client too often is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"If he doesn't commit to changing it, at some point it's going to be too much," Arora said. "It may already be there to some extent."
Jones' plight will likely be discussed at the NFL owners meetings that begin Monday in Phoenix. Commissioner Roger Goodell might announce new initiatives at his first full league meeting that would allow him to impose harsher and quicker discipline for players who get into trouble off the field.
The possible policy change stems from such incidents as Jones' 10 encounters with the police; the four-month jail sentence imposed last week on Chicago's Tank Johnson on weapons charges; other run-ins with the law by NFL players; and the Bengals' much-publicized nine arrests.
The new discipline is likely to be harsher, with longer
suspensions than the current two or four games, and punishment
handed down more quickly. In the past, the league most often has
waited until the legal process has been exhausted before suspending
players for violations of the law. Now, with the concurrence of the
NFL Players Association and many players, it may not.
The new policy in part stems from a meeting during the scouting
combine in Indianapolis involving Goodell; Gene Upshaw, executive
director of the NFLPA; and a group of about 10 players. All agreed
that stronger and quicker discipline is needed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.