Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones worked out for the Bengals on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones was released by the Cowboys last February and was out of the league last season.
JonesOwner Jerry Jones did everything in his power to salvage Pacman's troubled career but the player refused to cooperate. The Bengals have never shied away from troubled players during the Marvin Lewis era, but Pacman's a different story. Perhaps Lewis is simply kicking the tires on Jones to see what type of condition he's in. I'd love to hear what former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer thinks about the possibility of adding such a notorious player. Zimmer is now the Bengals' defensive coordinator.
Even when he was behaving off the field, Jones was not regarded as a very coachable player with the Cowboys. In fact, he often tuned out coaches and exploited his direct line to the owner's office. Former Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz constantly challenged Jones in practice -- and the player actually responded. But the organization could no longer deal with Pacman's nightmarish off-the-field behavior.
The Bengals went ahead and signed another troubled player Friday in wide receiver Matt Jones. I know that Jerry Jones desperately wanted to draft Matt Jones when he was coming out of Arkansas, but folks at Valley Ranch convinced him that it was a bad idea.
But is Jones (the wide receiver) worth taking a one-year, $700,000 chance on? I certainly think so. It's amazing how some players react when they're literally down to their final opportunity -- and I think the Joneses are right there. But of the two players, I think Matt has a much better chance of rehabilitating his career.