The Detroit Lions definitely think former Titans and Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones can help them on the field. Now they need to be convinced that he won’t embarrass them off the field.
Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew said today at the annual league meetings that VP of Player Personnel Sheldon White liked what he saw at Jones’ workout last week, and now that the Lions are convinced he’s in good enough shape to play, they’re taking a closer look at all the other issues that come with signing Jones.
“He had a really good workout, from what I understand,” Mayhew said, per the Detroit News. “But we need to do some more research on him.”
Is a really good workout enough to overcome the fact that Jones has been arrested several times, and that both the Titans and Cowboys were burned when Jones got into off-field trouble?
“I would say nothing’s imminent,” Mayhew said. “But we’re definitely tracking that and gathering more information. And he’s a guy that has a skill set that would help us.”
Mayhew said he’s been talking to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who coached Jones for two seasons in Tennessee, as well as Deion Sanders, who has mentored Jones and who was a teammate of Mayhew’s at Florida State. So far, Mayhew says, he’s encouraged by what he’s hearing.
“He hasn’t been in trouble for almost two years now,” Mayhew said. “That’s a pretty big hoop to jump through.”