Adam “Pacman” Jones Hungry For Another Shot at NFL

March 27th, 2010- By Daniel James

Adam “Pacman” Jones wants to return to the NFL this year after sitting out the 2009 season, and there are at least three teams interested in his services, according to the Associated Press.

Jones’ agent told the AP that the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals have all expressed interest in the talented but troubled cornerback/kick returner. The Lions seem to have the most interest. Coach Jim Schwartz, who served as defensive coordinator with the Titans when Jones’ played in Tennessee early in his career, said during the week the team is “definitely interested” in Jones.

“Nothing’s imminent,” Jones’ agent, Ray Savage, told the AP. “I’m hopeful to schedule visits here in the next week or two.”

The Lions were among a group of teams who worked out Jones last week to gauge his status. After putting up a 2-30 record over the last two seasons, the Lions need help anywhere they can get it. They are listed by USA Online Sportsbooks as 100-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl next season, which are the longest odds of any team.

According to the AP report, Jones, 26, is working hard to become an impact player once again.

“He looks awesome,” Jones’ trainer, Duke Rousse, told the AP. “Physically, he’s ready.”

Rousse is putting Jones through twice daily workouts and said his pupil has improved physically and mentally. Rousse said Jones has added 13 pounds to his frame but can still run a sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

The trainer also believes Jones has put his off-field problems behind him. Jones, who was suspended for the 2007 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, has been arrested six times since he was drafted in the first round in 2005 out of West Virginia.

The Cowboys traded for him before the 2008 season, but his performance was not good enough to justify putting up with his baggage. He averaged just 4.5 yards per punt return with the Cowboys, and his skills at cornerback appeared to be diminished. After missing last season, how effective can Jones be if he returns? And can he stay out of trouble?

Rousse believes fully in Jones’ physical ability, and he thinks Jones has grown up in his time away from football.

“I [train] a lot of kids that came from the same background he’s come from,” Rousse told the AP. “He basically preaches: ‘Learn from your mistakes.’ He’s been awesome for the guys down here, all my high school athletes. I think he’s learned and he’s matured.”

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