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Pacman Jones, TNA apparently close to deal


Pacman Jones


Suspended NFL cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans is apparently close to completing a deal to make an appearance with TNA Wrestling.

Nashville TV station WTVF-5 reported that a deal is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

Jones is a hugely controversial player, having had numerous brushes with the law away from the field.

On April 10, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones, and denied Jones' request to take part in the Titans' training camp. As a result, Jones will lose his his 2007 base salary of $1,292,500.

Since the suspension was handed down in April, Jones was arrested for the sixth time since being drafted on two counts of felony coercion stemming from a fight at a Las Vegas strip club during NBA all-star weekend. A shooting after the fight left a man paralyzed but no one has been charged in that assault. The Las Vegas case is one of three still pending, including charges in Georgia and Tennessee. Police in Georgia also want to talk to Jones as a witness about a shooting June 18 that followed an early morning argument in an Atlanta-area strip club. Jones told the Titans he wasn't there despite video showing he had been.

According to FoxSports.com, Worrick Robinson, an attorney for Jones, said Pacman and TNA are talking about "some kind of role" in the company and told The Tennessean that his client "won't be wrestling" and wouldn't play a villain.

"Pacman remains dedicated to returning to the Titans and any other interests are just that, interests," Robinson said.

Of course, Jones would hardly be the first football player to turn to wrestling. Back at the June Slammiversary PPV, former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck wrestled, with current Titan Kyle Vanden Bosch joining him.

-- SLAM! Wrestling, with files from our wire services