Measuring the Lions' 'Pacman' interest

ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of Adam "Pacman" Jones' former coaches offered a measured response Tuesday to Detroit's apparent interest in the twice-suspended NFL cornerback.

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, who drafted Jones for the Titans in 2005, questioned how interested the Lions are actually are and suggested Jones was out of shape when Cincinnati worked him out in February. (Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that Jones ran well last Friday during a workout in New Orleans.)

"I think we have to be careful to determine the level of interest right now," Fisher said, "because there is a significant difference between a tryout, a visit and signing a player. But the one thing about 'Pac' is that we haven't heard about him for 18-20 months now. I think there is something to be said about that.

"I think we're all of the opinion that everybody deserves a second chance. I heard through the grapevine that the workout at Cincinnati was not up to par because of his conditioning level, but you expect that from a player that has been out that long. But he's a very talented player. If he's got things behind him and things squared away, he could help somebody."

As we discussed last week, Jones would easily be Detroit's top cornerback if he signed. The most important factor will be whether the Lions can trust him to make it through a season trouble-free, so as not to leave them short-handed. We'll keep you updated.