For the record, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have now officially denied reports that they have actually signed former NFL DB/KR Adam (Pacman) Jones to a CFL contract through their media rep.
While he may have not put pen to paper just yet, both Jones and Bombers director of player personnel John Murphy talked about it as if it was a done deal in interviews with SI.com.
Murphy said by e-mail Tuesday morning that he made a mistake by talking about it to S.I. when the Bombers laughingly maintained that they do not discuss players on their neg list or not under contract to the team. Yet, rather amazingly, Murphy would still neither confirm nor deny that Jones is on his way to Winnipeg to play for the Bombers.
"It'll be a good experience for me to get back in game shape and compete and play football, which I like to do," Jones told SI.com. "I'm real happy for the opportunity that's been given to me. Of course, it's disappointing to me to not be playing in the NFL. But things happen and you have to adjust."
Although the NFL suspended Jones in 2007, the former first-round draft pick had returned to play with the Dallas Cowboys where he was ineffective. He was suspended for four games last season for an incident involving a bodyguard employed by the Cowboys.
"If I was in the same position in the NFL, I might have a lot more reservations," Bombers director of player personnel John Murphy told SI.com." But for me, it's a win-win. I'm smart enough to know that if I'm looking for somebody who can be a playmaker for the second half of our season, there isn't a better football player who's not in the NFL, at 25 years old, who's ready to play football, is going to play with a chip on his shoulder, and is going to bring some fun and excitement to our team, our locker room, our city, and our league.
"And at the same time it's a business decision as well as football decision. From a marketing standpoint, a business standpoint and a football standpoint, I could go to 100 NFL training camps and every pre-season game and more people will hear and know about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the next two weeks -- from the coverage we'll receive -- than in the last 10 years."
Jones reportedly reached a deal with the Bombers late Monday and could join the club as early as tomorrow.
Jones believes that he will get another shot with the NFL if he can prove his abilities have not eroded while playing for the Bombers for the rest of the season.