Report: Pacman in 'top-tip shape,' ready to return to NFL

Updated: March 8, 2008, 9:57 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones says he's ready to play football again, telling an Atlanta radio station he believes his yearlong suspension from the NFL was enough of a penalty.

Oh, and he'd love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, too.

"I thought I was going to get back in eight games and then 10 games, and then you [have to] sit out the whole year," Jones told 680-AM on Thursday. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported details of the interview in Friday's editions.

"It is hard watching the whole season go by when you know that you are better than 90 percent of the people that's out there," Jones said. "I can't wait [to play], man. It is just a matter of time now. The hard part is over with for the most part. I am just waiting so when they pull the plug I am back on. I am in top-tip shape."

The NFL last month notified Jones, who has been arrested six times since Tennessee selected him in the 2005 draft, that he is not allowed to train at the Titans' facility and that his suspension will continue indefinitely. Jones' attorney, Manubir Arora, told ESPN.com in February he fears Jones' banishment could include the 2008 season.

Arora has been trying to facilitate his client's possible return to the league. Arora said he might re-petition commissioner Roger Goodell before the April 26-27 draft to see if Jones can return. The idea of getting some work done before the draft is to see if Jones could be traded if the Titans don't want him.

And if the Titans indeed trade Jones, Dallas is his desired destination. Jones has said he would like to play for the Cowboys and reiterated his interest when a caller to 680-AM brought it up. Citing multiple sources, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that the Cowboys have had internal discussions about obtaining Jones if he is reinstated.

"I just have to do what I have to do to get back on the field,'' Jones said, according to The Tennessean. "Hopefully it won't be long and hopefully it will be a couple of more months. I would love to play for the Cowboys, America's team.''

Goodell suspended Jones last April for the 2007 season for his off-field conduct. Jones settled charges from a Las Vegas strip club fight and triple shooting at the end of the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend with a plea deal in December to a gross misdemeanor. Also, a Tennessee judge last month dismissed public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges from August 2006.

The final outstanding case against Jones, from Georgia in February 2006, was resolved last month when Jones entered an Alford plea to a felony count of obstruction of a police officer.

Jones didn't help himself, either, when it was reported he had been in an Atlanta strip club on Jan. 3 while his teammates were prepping for a playoff game.

His fondness for strip clubs was a topic of conversation during his Thursday radio interview. Jones told the show's hosts "I've got a [stripper's] pole in my house now." His agent, who was in the studio with Jones, said his client was kidding.

"Sometimes I make some bad decisions, it is not always that trouble seems to find me,'' Jones said, according to The Tennessean. "I am learning how to adjust to it and I am bettering myself as a person. I'm moving on and learning what I need to do to take care of myself and my family.''

In the interview, Arora said he is contacting college teams to gauge their interest in having Jones speak about the consequences of making bad decisions, The Tennessean said.