ESPN reports today that the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans have hit a wall in the trade talks for Adam “Pacman” Jones. Not only can’t the two teams agree on what the draft pick compensation should be–Dallas has offered a fifth; Titans want a fourth and a 2009 pick–they also cannot agree on money. ESPN reports that the Titans also want the Cowboys to pay some of the bonus money Pacman is due.
If the Pacman deal falls through, it’s not the end of the world. I personally want Pacman more for his dazzling kick-off return skills, than his coverage skills. Failing to get him isn’t the end of the world because the Cowboys still have those two first-round picks. A cornerback and running back could fit into those two draft picks pretty easily.
The Titans are pressing their luck because it appears no other NFL team is remotely interested in Pacman’s services. Why would the Titans be holding out on a deal for a player who has already said he wants out of Tennessee and he’d like to play for America’s Team? It doesn’t matter that Pacman was a first round selection, because since then he has accumulated a pretty decent arrest record.
Pacman is a risk, plain and simple. That risk is not worth two picks and money.