Pacman on way to 'Peg?

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

One of the most controversial NFL players in recent memory is expected to be on his way to Winnipeg by next week at the latest.

Defensive back/kick returner Adam (Pacman) Jones, who is no longer wanted by any NFL team because of his checkered past, will likely sign an official CFL contract with the Blue Bombers by the end of the week -- barring unforeseen circumstances.

Worrick Robinson, Jones's lawyer and agent, said he has been in "consistent negotiations" with a CFL team and a deal could be completed soon.

He didn't confirm Winnipeg to be the destination, but Bombers brass did confirm yesterday that Jones is on the team's secret negotiation list.

"He's still young and has a lot of playing days ahead of him," Robinson told The Associated Press. "If the CFL deal works out, it will be a good opportunity for him to get back on the field and show what he can do."

The Bombers denied numerous reports that Jones, who was once involved in a shooting incident outside of a Las Vegas strip club, has already signed a one-year contract (plus option).

Club director of player personnel John Murphy indicated that Jones has at least agreed to terms.

"If I was in the same position in the NFL, I might have a lot more reservations," 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 a 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."

Ross Hodgkinson, the Bombers director of football operations, said Murphy made a mistake when he discussed those negotiations because it contravened both CFL and league policy.

"That is being dealt with and there is not a contract signed and until such time, there will be no further discussion in this matter," said Hodgkinson, adding that club president/CEO Lyle Bauer called Murphy on the carpet over the embarrassment he caused.

Jones also indicated that he could become a Bomber soon.

"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."

Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly's confirmation that Jones is on the club's secret negotiation list, means he cannot sign with any other CFL team.

Although the NFL suspended Jones in 2007, the former first-round draft pick returned to play with the Dallas Cowboys where he was ineffective. He was also suspended for four games last season for an incident involving a bodyguard employed by the Cowboys, but is no longer under any suspension.

Kelly was asked if he had a certain kick returner in mind that could help the club.

"We might," he responded coyly.

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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