Recent reports indicate that the Dallas Cowboys are making progress in their efforts to complete a trade, which would net them Tennessee Titans cornerback, Adam "Pacman" Jones. Jones is currently serving a league suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for Jones' off-field indiscretions. Although Dallas is considered the favorite to land the talented defender, a recent report in The City Paper, indicates that the Patriots may still be in the mix.
Jones' attorney and agent Manny Arora told The City Paper's Terry McCormick, that he wasn't aware of the trade described by NFL Network's Adam Schefter. Schefter reported that the Cowboys are nearing a deal, which would send a mid round Draft pick to the Titans in exchange for Jones.
"I have not heard about any deal being completed," said Arora. "There have been talks with a number of teams, such as Dallas and New England."
When asked if a trade was imminent as Schefter's report indicated, Arora downplayed the immediacy of any deal. "There is no trade at this time," Arora told the paper. "Right now, I'm more concerned with trying to get [Jones] reinstated."
Jones was suspended for one-year last April, but had that suspension extended according to reports. The Commissioner has not said when he would lift the suspension, but hinted it would later, rather than sooner as Jones might hope.
The Patriots' pursuit of Jones is a curious development. New England has a history of working with troubled players and introducing them to the Patriots "team-first" culture. Corey Dillon and Randy Moss are two recent examples of supposed bad boys turned good by the influence applied by the coaches, the players and the organization.
New England opted to sign free agent Fernando Bryant Thursday, likely ending any interest they had in acquiring Jones. Bryant, a former first-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1999, is the antithesis of Jones. Recognized for his many contributions to the community, Bryant was Detroit's Man of the Year in 2004. Jones has been referred to as Tennessee's punk of the year for 2007.
Whether the Patriots - or any other team -- can get Jones to abide by the rules to maintain a low profile is anybody's guess. One-year "prove it" deals laced with incentives but lacking guaranteed money, have become popular ways to test players. Moss took less money to sign with New England his first season, and then re-upped just recently for less than the Eagles offered to pay him. It became about winning for Moss, maybe it could be the same for Jones.