Pacman has lots to prove

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Getting a high-profile player who has made the NFL's Pro Bowl isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there is no guarantee Pacman Jones can make an impact in the CFL.

If Jones does suit up for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season, there is a chance he could fail on the field and not away from it, where most of the defensive back/kick returner's problems have been.

"There are a lot of players who came up here and didn't perform well," said Calgary Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis, citing former Toronto Argonaut and current Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams as an example.

"Just because you come from the NFL doesn't mean you are better than the talent here. This league has a lot of talent."

The possible signing by the Blue Bombers, which SI.com and ESPN.com are reporting as a done deal, was making waves around the CFL yesterday.

Lewis couldn't help but joke about Pacman's arrival, and poke fun at the former Tennessee Titan, who was famously suspended for an entire NFL season following a shooting incident in a Las Vegas strip club.

"I wish we could play (the Bombers) again," Lewis said in jest. "I would like to go against Pacman. Maybe I could get my first touchdown and he could throw some ones at me.

"Maybe I could get some extra cash from that. I could jump on the pole and get some extra ones. Because we don't play Winnipeg, I won't get a chance to do that."

Jones has never been accused of lacking talent. The speedy 26-year-old was a first-round pick by the Titans but had a dozen incidents involving police, leading to six arrests, while in Tennessee before missing the entire 2007 season.

He got a second chance with the Dallas Cowboys last year, but had a run-in with a security guard hired to protect him and was suspended four more games.

Coming to the three-down loop could give Jones a chance at returning to the NFL. He has the talent that would seemingly make him suited to the CFL because his speed could be utilized on the wide field, especially in the return game.

But he'll have to stay out of trouble in Winnipeg.

"You have to change yourself," said Stampeders receiver Jeremaine Copeland. "You can't change your team without changing yourself ...

"We're not all perfect people. We all make mistakes in life. If he's over what he's done and turned over a new leaf, let him come up and compete."

Extra points

Stampeders SB Nik Lewis and KR Titus Ryan were among the CFL players of week, which were announced yesterday ... DL Charleston Hughes was cut by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. If he clears waivers today, he could return to the Stamps.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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