Lions should take close look at Pacman Jones
Coach Jim Schwartz said the Lions are “definitely interested” in Pacman Jones while at the owners meetings this week, according to the Associated Press.
Is that a good idea? Perhaps.
First, Schwartz was the defensive coordinator while Jones played for the Tennessee Titans. So they know each other and apparently Schwartz has a comfort level with Jones.
Second, the Lions will not make a move without completely researching every factor that could come into play. With Martin Mayhew and Schwartz at the helm, every option is an option.
If the Lions structure a contract that would force the cornerback/returner to be accountable for his off-the-field conduct maybe it would work. He’s only 26, maybe he has learned his lesson. Maybe not.
It’s a risk.
The Lions checked him out during his workout last week, but have more research to do.
Jones, a cornerback and kick returner, is just 26. Trouble has been his middle name. He was suspended for a year by the NFL for his off-the-field conduct following the 2006 season. Before the Cowboys traded for him in 2008, he was arrested six times and involved in 12 episodes involving the police since he was drafted out of West Virginia where he played for Michigan’s Rich Rodriguez. The Cowboys cut him following the 2008 season.
Such a resume. Such a question mark.