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Report: Pacman in 'top-tip shape,' ready to return to NFL

Updated: March 8, 2008, 9:57 AM ET

Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones says he's ready to play football again, telling an Atlanta radio station he believes his yearlong suspension from the NFL was enough of a penalty.

Oh, and he'd love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, too.

"I thought I was going to get back in eight games and then 10 games, and then you [have to] sit out the whole year," Jones told 680-AM on Thursday. The (Nashville) Tennessean reported details of the interview in Friday's editions.

"It is hard watching the whole season go by when you know that you are better than 90 percent of the people that's out there," Jones said. "I can't wait [to play], man. It is just a matter of time now. The hard part is over with for the most part. I am just waiting so when they pull the plug I am back on. I am in top-tip shape."

The NFL last month notified Jones, who has been arrested six times since Tennessee selected him in the 2005 draft, that he is not allowed to train at the Titans' facility and that his suspension will continue indefinitely. Jones' attorney, Manubir Arora, told ESPN.com in February he fears Jones' banishment could include the 2008 season.

Arora has been trying to facilitate his client's possible return to the league. Arora said he might re-petition commissioner Roger Goodell before the April 26-27 draft to see if Jones can return. The idea of getting some work done before the draft is to see if Jones could be traded if the Titans don't want him.

And if the Titans indeed trade Jones, Dallas is his desired destination. Jones has said he would like to play for the Cowboys and reiterated his interest when a caller to 680-AM brought it up. Citing multiple sources, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that the Cowboys have had internal discussions about obtaining Jones if he is reinstated.

"I just have to do what I have to do to get back on the field,'' Jones said, according to The Tennessean. "Hopefully it won't be long and hopefully it will be a couple of more months. I would love to play for the Cowboys, America's team.''

Goodell suspended Jones last April for the 2007 season for his off-field conduct. Jones settled charges from a Las Vegas strip club fight and triple shooting at the end of the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend with a plea deal in December to a gross misdemeanor. Also, a Tennessee judge last month dismissed public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges from August 2006.

The final outstanding case against Jones, from Georgia in February 2006, was resolved last month when Jones entered an Alford plea to a felony count of obstruction of a police officer.

Jones didn't help himself, either, when it was reported he had been in an Atlanta strip club on Jan. 3 while his teammates were prepping for a playoff game.

His fondness for strip clubs was a topic of conversation during his Thursday radio interview. Jones told the show's hosts "I've got a [stripper's] pole in my house now." His agent, who was in the studio with Jones, said his client was kidding.

"Sometimes I make some bad decisions, it is not always that trouble seems to find me,'' Jones said, according to The Tennessean. "I am learning how to adjust to it and I am bettering myself as a person. I'm moving on and learning what I need to do to take care of myself and my family.''

In the interview, Arora said he is contacting college teams to gauge their interest in having Jones speak about the consequences of making bad decisions, The Tennessean said.


PACMAN JONES

Adam "Pacman" Jones was suspended for the 2007 NFL season amid several legal skirmishes. His playing future rests in the hands of commissioner Roger Goodell, who expects to weigh a possible 2008 reinstatement before training camp opens in July. A look at coverage of Jones:

News

August 2008
• Jones submits NFL reinstatement letter
June 2008
• Goodell grants Pacman partial reinstatement
May 2008
• Pacman meets with commish Goodell
• Pacman pays gambling debt; case closed
• Cowboys could use Pacman at wide receiver
• Source: Meeting must happen before reinstatement
• Pacman puts house on market for $1.8M
• Emmitt's advice to Pacman: Make better choices
• Report: Suspect accuses Pacman of framing him
April 2008
• NFL approves Jones' trade to Cowboys
• Pacman signs Cowboys contract
• Hall of Famer Brown offers to help Pacman
• Police: Pacman paid 'extortion' cash in shooting
• Police make arrest in strip-club shooting
• Goodell: Trade won't affect reinstatement
• Pacman: Trade first, then reinstatement
• Sources: Pacman offers pay concession to Titans
• Pacman returns to Atlanta routes for charity work
• Goodell: Pacman decision to come before camp
March 2008
• Source: Cowboys-Titans Pacman talks stall
• Report: Pacman thinks he's through with Titans
• Report: Cowboys add to trade offer for Pacman
Feb. 2008
• Pacman may have to re-petition Goodell to return
• Source: Pacman still frequenting strip clubs
Jan. 2008
• NFL asking to be dropped from Pacman lawsuit
• Ga. assault complaint against Pacman withdrawn
• Pacman accused of punching woman at strip club
• Judge cuts Titans out of Pacman lawsuit in Vegas
Dec. 2007
• NFL denies Pacman's appeal to return in 2007
• Union appeals Pacman's 'excessive' suspension
• Pacman pleads no contest in strip club melee
• Goodell reviewing union Pacman appeal
Nov. 2007
• Judge accepts 'Pacman' plea agreement
• Union appeals to commish to reduce Pacman ban
• Report: Some Titans want Pacman back
• Pacman won't be reinstated early
Oct. 2007
• Strip club manager sues Pacman, Titans, NFL
• Report: Pacman says he's earned early return
Sept. 2007
• Pacman wins tag-team title
August 2007
• Pacman to try hand at hip-hop
• Pacman to set record straight in interview
• Pacman makes TNA debut
• Pacman's ticket violations dismissed
• Arrests? By Pacman's count, he's only had two
July 2007
• Pacman defense expected to enter not guilty plea
• NFL may allow Pacman to work out with Titans
• Lawyer: Deputy pledged to pull over Pacman
• Vegas charges may affect Pacman's Tenn. plea
June 2007
• Vegas bouncer sues Pacman
• VY: Teammates feel Pacman doesn't care
• Cops seek Pacman about shooting involving crew
May 2007
• Paralyzed victim rebuilds life
• Sources: Pacman at strip club before hearing
March/April 2007
• Pacman takes out ad to apologize
• NFL bans Jones for 2007 season
• Pacman-related incidents

Analysis

• Why Jerry Jones takes risks
• Third-and-Short: Player conduct
• Pasquarelli: Titans picking up the pieces
• Garber: Pacman gifted on field, troubled off it
• Ex-Titans GM Reese: We tried to help Pacman