The Dallas Cowboys released young cornerback Adam Jones, making him a free agent as of Monday.
The Cowboys said last month they planned to release Jones, and Monday was the first day teams could make waiver requests. Jones could be the first in an attempt to turn the Cowboys around and make them "America's Team" once again.
Jones was suspended for six games by the NFL after an alcohol-related scuffle in October with a team-provided bodyguard at a Dallas hotel. That capped the iceberg to Jones' career trouble.
The cornerback came to Dallas after being suspended for the entire 2007 season following multiple off-field incidents while with the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys acquired him in a trade during the draft in April, and commissioner Roger Goodell cleared him to play at the end of the preseason.
Expected to give the Cowboys a boost on defense and special teams, Jones had 31 tackles and no interceptions in his nine games (six starts). He averaged only 4.5 yards on his 21 punt returns, with a long of 18 yards.
The Cowboys traded for him anyway, despite the 2007 suspension. But on Oct. 7, Jones got into the incident with the bodyguard and was suspended again. Jones missed a seventh game later in the season with an injury.
Jones, 25, spent part of his time away from football taking part in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Tennessee received a fourth-round draft pick in the April trade. The Titans were also supposed to get a sixth-rounder next year, but because Jones was suspended again, Dallas will instead receive a fifth-round pick in 2009.
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