NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge agreed to delay a court
appearance for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to
give his attorneys time to determine how the NFL might react to a
potential plea agreement.
Jones was charged in February 2006 with felony obstruction of
police. Prosecutor Scott Ballard said he has no intentions of
dismissing the case that involved Jones biting an officer between
his thumb and index finger.
Ballard said Tuesday that Jones' court appearance will be
delayed at least until May 14.
"My understanding is they needed some time to access the impact
of certain sentences they would get with ... the NFL," he said.
"In other words, if he's convicted and receives this sentence,
how would the NFL react to that? If he gets this other sentence,
how would the NFL react to that?" Ballard said.
Jones attorney Manny Arora did not immediately return a message
left by The Associated Press at his Atlanta office.
Arora has said Jones was sitting in his Bentley with his
girlfriend, the mother of his now 1-year-old daughter, outside her
parents' home when police wanted to question him.
The NFL confirmed last month that officials were reviewing
Jones' off-field conduct, which has included 10 incidents where he
was interviewed by police.
Jones was questioned in February about his presence during a Las
Vegas strip club triple-shooting that left one man paralyzed. No
one has been charged in that incident.
The Titans are trying to decide whether to keep Jones, the sixth
pick overall in 2005 and the first defensive player taken that
year. The cornerback did not tell team officials about being
arrested twice in Georgia in 2006 -- a potential violation of the
personal conduct policy.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher and team chief operating officer Steve
Underwood met with Jones' attorneys last Friday to gather
information. Fisher said later that day he didn't expect Jones to
report on March 19 when the team starts its offseason program.
A marijuana possession charge from March 2006 in Georgia was
dismissed in January.
Ballard said felony obstruction is defined as interfering with
an officer performing his duties and offering to commit violence.
Jones allegedly tried to punch an officer before being taken to the
ground and handcuffed.
"A child bites someone in his class, you discipline him.
Someone that bites an officer, I think it's deserving of being
charged as a felony," Ballard said.
The Titans visited with a pair of receivers Tuesday. Kevin
Curtis, who played last season with St. Louis, met with the Titans
along with Justin Gage, who was with Chicago. They missed out on
free agent wide receivers Donte' Stallworth, who visited the Titans
last week, and Kelley Washington. Stallworth and Washington both
signed with New England. The Titans lost receivers Drew Bennett and
Bobby Wade in free agency.