Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Lions are expected to attend Pacman Jones’ workout after Tulane’s Pro Day. La Canfora also reports that the 49ers are interested as well, with Mike Singletary expected to attend the workout.
I am not a Pacman Jones fan for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, his repeated off field incidents are well documented. However, it’s not the incidents that bother me the most, it’s the fact that he never seemed to learn from them. Even when he was well-aware that his football career was on the line he still found himself getting into fights with his own bodyguard in Dallas. He knew that alcohol was a major contributor to his constant delinquency, yet he was always at the clubs. If he knew that he was a screw up away from being unemployed, why was he still putting himself in these bad situations. Not only does it mean he has terrible judgement, but how much does football mean to him? If he lived and died football, he would have kept his nose clean so he’d still have the opportunity to play. Football was a was to live the high roller lifestyle and that’s why he played, not for the love of the game.
Secondly, on the field Jones is a smallish finesse type of corner who shied away from tackling. I liken him to a faster Dre Bly, he can cover well but freelances too much, doesn’t contribute against the run and struggles with big physical receivers.
Lastly, he has been out of football for a year. How many players come back to play at a high level after a year off? I can’t think of one off the top of my head. This is a guy who has a questionable work ethic and has displayed no passion for the game. This will be his second attempted comeback after a missed season, and he wasn’t any good after the first comeback.
Pacman made his choice years ago, being a thug was more important to him than being a football player. I think his only motivation for coming back is the fact that he’s broke and knows his only other career options involve hairnets and spatulas. I think the Lions are taking a look because they don’t want to ignore any possibility to make the team better, but I think they will find that Pacman does not help achieve that goal.