Heeee’s baack. It appears that troubled football player Adam “Pacman” Jones is making a comeback to professional sports. But he’ll have to head further north to do so.
Canadian Football League officials report that Jones agreed in principle to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers late Monday night. He could join the team as early as Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reports.
“It’ll be a good experience for me to get back in game shape and compete and play football, which I like to do,” Jones told SI.com. “I’m real happy for the opportunity that’s been given to me. Of course it’s disappointing to me to not be playing in the NFL. But things happen and you have to adjust.”
The 26-year-old Jones, arguably one of the most talented ballers on the scene, has been hard-pressed to stay out of trouble. Suspended for the 2007 NFL season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, he was booted from the Dallas Cowboys last year for four games following an altercation with a team-employed bodyguard after being traded from Tennessee.
SI.com reported that several NFL general managers acknowledge that Jones has the skill set to be a productive player, but because “he’s already got 2 1/2 strikes against him,” he’s just not worth the time.
John Murphy, the Blue Bombers’ director of player personnel, said that none of the NFL coaches or personnel people he has spoken with the last two weeks has called Jones a bad teammate.
“If I was in the same position in the NFL, I might have a lot more reservations,” Murphy said. “But for me it’s a win-win. I’m smart enough to know that if I’m looking for somebody who can be a playmaker for the second half of our season, there isn’t a better football player who’s not in the NFL, at 25 years old, who’s ready to play football, is going to play with a chip on his shoulder, and is going to bring some fun and excitement to our team, our locker room, our city, and our league. And at the same time it’s a business decision as well as football decision. From a marketing standpoint, a business standpoint and a football standpoint, I could go to 100 NFL training camps and every preseason game and more people will hear and know about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the next two weeks – from the coverage we’ll receive – than in the last 10 years.”