After a disappointing first season with a new team, the Dallas Cowboys announced this week they will release former pro bowl cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. In nine games with Dallas, Jones was unable to record any interceptions or touchdowns.
In his second year in the league, cornerback Jones appeared to be developing into one of the best players in the league.
He was a player that could play multiple positions. As a cornerback, he recorded four interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. He also returned three punts for a touchdown on special teams. Jones appeared to have a bright career to look forward to in the NFL.
Unfortunately for Jones and his teammates, he has a little trouble when it comes to obeying the rules of the law.
In 2007, Jones was involved in a shooting at a Las Vegas night club that resulted in a one-year suspension from the league. This also led to his departure from the Tennessee Titans as they wanted nothing to do with Jones' off the field incidents.
Prior to the start of the 2008 season, Jones was reinstated into the league by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was aware of Pacman's potential talent and decided to take a risk with him. However, Jones also knew that it had been an entire season since Pacman had played in an actual game.
Instead of giving him a large contract like he did in Tennessee, Pacman received the league minimum of $700,000 from Jones in his first year with Dallas.
It took us one year to realize that Pacman is not the same player he used to be. His lack of commitment to football and excessive need to have a good time has ruined his career. He has been in ten incidents with the law in just four years in the league.
What drives me nuts is how a guy with such great talent can just put it to waste. After just two years in the league, analysts were talking about the bright future that was in store for Pacman. Now, he will be seen as nothing but a joke.
Pacman Jones was signed by a team that was a favorite to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season. If you can't perform well on a team that is already loaded with great talent, you know that your career has hit an all-time low.
Pacman Jones had the potential to emerge as one of the greatest corner-backs in the league. Instead, he let his personal life get in the way. Jones is a perfect example of an athlete who let his personal life get the best of him off the field.
Not only has he let down his teammates over the last couple of years, but he has let himself miss out on millions of dollars as well.