It appears that suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is not going to be coming back to Tennessee when the NFL allows him to return. Jones’ situation when it comes to coming back to the Titans has been pushed aside by head coach Jeff Fisher since the end of the season last weekend, and ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli is stating that it is not likely he will be back with the team.
Pasquarelli states that Jones still faces litigation on a number of fronts, and that it is a great unknown as to when commish Roger Goodell will allow him to take the playing field once again. Don’t forget Goodell’s hard stance on some other players who have been in trouble, including Cincinnati linebacker Odell Thurman, who assumed he would be back in uniform in 2007 but instead watched another year from home.
With that, Jones will at somepoint be back in the league, but look for the Titans to look for a willing trading partner for the cornerback. While he was chosen with the 6th overall pick in the draft, it looks as if the Titans are not going to even come close to gaining that type of value back for him. Look for Tennessee to accept something like a middle round pick for Jones, who has played 30 career games in two seasons and intercepted four passes for 130 yards and one touchdown.
The blame here has to be heaped on Fisher, who before picking Jones despite his rap sheet, was determined to be able to control the cornerback. It backfired in his face, and now because of it the team is trying to distance themselves as far away as possible from Jones, who has obvious talent to make plays but lacks the smarts to stay out of trouble. It’s a draft choice that the Titans regret doing to this day.