Five Reasons Adam 'Pacman' Jones will Turn His Career Around in Cincinnati

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IMay 13, 2010

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 20:  Adam Jones #21of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during their NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Texas Stadium on December 20, 2008 in Irving, Texas. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 33-24. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, controversial cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones worked out for the first time with the Cincinnati Bengals, just one day after officially signing a two-year deal at the league minimum.

Jones has played in just six games over the last three years with many questioning why a team like Cincinnati would take a chance on a player who seems far from the type of player he was in 2006.

He failed to make a successful comeback during his one-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and saw no interest from teams last season. However, Jones seems to be focused and determined to turn his career around with the Bengals.

Here are five reasons why Adam "Pacman" Jones will turn his career around in Cincinnati.


5. Pacman Will Compete For Playing Time As a No. 3 Cornerback

Many questioned why the Bengals would sign Jones when they already contain one of the deadliest duos at cornerback. With Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall occupying the starting spots, he will compete for the starting role at the No. 3 spot.

While Mike Zimmer's defense finished fourth overall last season, they struggled when it came to covering slot receivers. There's a chance Jones could fill that void in the secondary—which could make Cincy's defense even more dangerous than last season.

After his short stint in Dallas, it's obvious Pacman is far from ready to be considered the starter at cornerback. His situation in Cincinnati is perfect since there will be less pressure on him to be the starter and he can work his game back up by competing for the No. 3 spot.


4. Pacman Can Learn From His New Teammates

If Pacman really wants to turn his career around in Cincinnati, there are a few members on the Bengals roster who know the type of pressure he's facing.

Two years ago, Cincinnati took a gamble on then-troubled running back Cedric Benson after numerous off-the-field incidents led to his release from the Chicago Bears. Last year, they took a risk on Tank Johnson—Pacman's former teammate with the Dallas Cowboys—after a number of incidents led to an eight-game suspension in 2008.

Now, both players have turned their careers around receiving second chances from the Bengals. If any teammates are capable of having an influence on Jones turning his career around in Cincinnati, it's Benson and Johnson.


3. Pacman's Past Shows His Potential

Before the arrests and suspensions, there was an effective cornerback for the Tennessee Titans that was arguably one of the most dangerous players in the NFL.

During his first—and only—season with the Cowboys, Jones recorded just 31 tackles and averaged a disappointing 4.5 yards-per-punt return. However, it's his statistics from 2006 that show the type of talent he's capable of displaying as one of the newest members of the Bengals.

In just his second season in the league, not only did Jones record four interceptions, but he returned three punts for touchdowns on special teams. The talent is there—it's just a matter of whether or not he can return to that level now that he's with the Bengals.


2. This Time Around, Pacman's In Better Shape

The fact that the Bengals were willing to bring Jones in for a second workout in three months shows the type of shape he's in this time around.

If Jones were in the same type of shape he was in back in February, Cincinnati would have made him an offer then. The fact that they were willing to bring him in again is an obvious sign there was strong interest in signing the troubled cornerback; they just needed to be convinced his talent level was high enough.

Numerous reports have indicated how impressed the Bengals coaching staff was with Jones during his second visit.


1. This Could Be Pacman's Last Shot In The NFL

Over the years, the Bengals have established a reputation for a franchise willing to give players a second chance. In Jones' case, it will be his third.

Jones has played in just six games over the last three years thanks to a handful of off-the-field incidents that have led to suspensions. After two failed stints with the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys, the next season or two in Cincinnati may determine whether or not he has a future in the NFL.

If Pacman hasn't learned his lesson this time around, he doesn't deserve a career in the NFL. Hopefully, he realizes this stint with the Bengals could be his last if he fails to stay out of trouble.