Adam “Pacman” Jones is coming to Dallas. Not to the Cowboys -- not yet, anyway. But he will be on our radio airwaves, like, pretty pronto. Insider know-it-alls are telling me this morning that Jones will be in town tonight for dinner, and tomorrow he'll take a three-hour seat at ESPN 103.3 FM, as co-host of the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Michael Irvin Show. Which means a couple things: Business here should be booming, and we’ll know tomorrow if Jones is serious about wanting to be traded to the Cowboys.
Short version: Jones is a thug with a rap sheet longer than, well, Irvin’s. The sixth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, Jones is currently suspended for his alleged role in a Las Vegas strip-club triple-shooting melee during NBA All-Star Weekend in 2007. Jones made it “rain,” and a club manager wound up paralyzed.
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NFL Commish Roger Goodell seems in no hurry to reinstate Jones, hinting that the decision won’t be made before the start of training camps in July. The Cowboys need a cornerback/kick returner, especially a 24-year-old one that would cost them only a late first-round pick. And we know owner Jerry Jones isn’t exactly afraid of snakes (Terrell Owens, Tank Johnson, et al.). In that vein, Pacman as a Cowboy actually makes sense. As does his unofficial intro to Dallas occurring on the same station that employs Irvin, Nate Newton and, potentially, Greg Williams. --Richie Whitt