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Game on? Pacman nearing a return ... in the CFL

Associated Press

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Updated: September 1, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT
Adam "Pacman" Jones is close to returning to pro football — north of the border.

Jones' attorney, Worrick Robinson, said Tuesday he has been in "consistent negotiations" with a CFL team. Robinson told The Associated Press a deal could be completed by the end of the week.

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"He's still young and has a lot of playing days ahead of him," Robinson said. "If the CFL deal works out, it will be a good opportunity for him to get back on the field and show what he can do."

The Canadian Press and SI.com reported that Jones would play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but Robinson wouldn't confirm with which team he's negotiating.

Jones, who turns 26 at the end of this month, spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys after missing the previous year because of multiple violations of the NFL personal conduct policy. The cornerback's time with the Cowboys was cut short by six games for another behavior-related suspension, an off-field scuffle with a member of the security detail provided by the team.

The way he played at Tennessee before his yearlong suspension made it worth Dallas' while to trade for him. The way he played for the Cowboys apparently showed NFL teams he was no longer worth the risk.

Robinson said there had been discussions with "a number of NFL teams" and there had been hopes Jones would brought into a training camp.

"But nothing has come to fruition, unfortunately for Adam," Robinson said. "There have not been any written offers so we're having to look at other opportunities now and focus on these other opportunities. ... We are very grateful for any opportunity and the CFL is a good league."

Jones also drew interest from the UFL, the new four-team league scheduled to begin play in October. The CFL will provide him a possible route back to the NFL.

"Another equation for NFL teams is what his conduct will be off the field and on the field," Robinson said. "It is a good opportunity for him to show the teams in the NFL that he has matured, that he's concentrating on the game and concentrating on his family and trying to leave the past in the past."

Before coming to Dallas, Jones was arrested six times and involved in 12 instances requiring police intervention after Tennessee drafted him in the first round in 2005. He was suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the 2007 season before he got in trouble again.

Jones had 31 tackles and no interceptions in his nine games (six starts) for the Cowboys. He had 21 punt returns, averaging only 4.5 yards a return with a long of 18 yards.

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