Attention – All Eyes Towards Dallas: Looks Like Pacman Will Get His Wish To Play In Big D, But Be Careful Because This Trade Creates Double Trouble And More Controversy As The Move Is A Media Dream Come True With Jones & Owens Pairing Up Together. Training Camp Will Be Jam-Packed Like You Have Never Seen It Before Come July For The ‘Boys. This Will Be More Like Reality TV Than Football – Is Dallas Ready For This? Can They Handle Both The Egos, Outbursts, And Mouths Of T.O. & Pacman? America’s Team Better Get Ready For A Long Summer As They Are Going High Risk/High Reward While They Take A Chance Of The Trade Backfiring On Them – With The Result Being Too Much Risk/No Reward! The Jones/Owens Combo – How Long Will It Last? This Move Calls For A Mix – Bringing A Major Helping Of Style To The Table While Containing Just A Little Pinch Of Substance On The Side – Let The Hype Begin As It Will Surround Dallas In ’08!
ESPN Reports: The trade, which was first announced by ESPN’s Ed Werder, was verified to The Associated Press by both teams. No terms had been filed with the NFL office, which already had closed for the day.
Sources tell Werder that Dallas will send its fourth-round pick (the 126th overall) in Saturday’s draft to the Titans for Jones.
Draft Pick Hinges On Jones’ Status: There are also circumstances linked to the big trade related to Jones being reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and how much he plays for the Cowboys. If he plays a significant amount of time in 2008, the Titans will get an additional pick from the Cowboys in 2009. If he doesn’t get reinstated by the NFL, the Titans will send an undisclosed 2009 draft pick back to the Cowboys. Also, Pacman has reached a financial settlement with the Titans regarding his contract situation. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Jones will forgo the $1.25 million performance bonus that he earned in 2005. Instead of repaying the Titans a portion of his signing bonus, he has agreed to make a $500,000 donation to a charity of the Titans’ choice within the next two years. Jones has agreed to a restructured contract with the Cowboys. Terms of the deal were not available. Jones has talked often of his desire to play for the Cowboys in recent weeks, even appearing on Michael Irvin’s radio show in Texas.
Pacman’s Agent: “We recognize the fact of where we are with regards to the league,” Arora said. “We recognize the fact he’s got a guaranteed contract with Tennessee, and we recognize the fact there’s risks involved at this point. We also recognize there’s significant public relations implications for the teams, and in fact Dallas has to sell tickets, the knowledge their fan base has a point of view. “With all that in mind, we’ve said from Day 1 we’re willing to rework our contract. Once the trade gets completed or official, we’ll be ready to do our part because we want to play for Dallas. I don’t have any hesitation saying we can get this done and get it done quickly.”
Talent Not A Question: Jones was scheduled for a base salary of $1.74 million in 2008 and had been under contract through 2009 before his suspension. The Titans gave Jones permission to talk to other teams weeks ago, and the cornerback had been barred from working out on their property in February. The Titans and Cowboys struggled to agree on compensation for someone who hadn’t played since December 2006. He was the first defensive player drafted in 2005, sixth overall out of West Virginia, and easily was Tennessee’s best defender in 2005 and ’06. His four career interceptions came in 2006 as he helped the Titans to an 8-8 record. He also led the NFL in punt-return average in 2006 with 12.9 yards per return and three touchdowns.
Problem Driven Pacman: But six arrests and 12 incidents where police were called since being drafted led to his suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in April 2007 for the season. Goodell declined to ease that punishment when Jones appealed to return after sitting out 10 games and now will only say that he’ll reconsider reinstating the cornerback before training camps open. The Titans gave Jones permission to talk to other teams weeks ago, and the cornerback had been barred from working out on their property in February. The Titans and Cowboys nearly had a deal at the NFL owners’ meetings last month, but talks stalled over the issue of compensation for someone who hadn’t played since December 2006. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said twice in the past week, including Tuesday, that the trade was stuck in neutral. But Pacman Jones, baggage and all, is a top cornerback and a dynamic kick returner who can fill some of the Cowboys’ biggest weaknesses. Jones also has been very successful lately offering second, and third, chances to players like receiver Terrell Owens.