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Bombers pursuing 'Pacman' Jones

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in talks with cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones.

Stories in several U.S. publications are reporting this morning that a deal has been signed but club management told the Free Press early Tuesday morning that is premature. A contract has not been signed nor has one been sent to the former Dallas Cowboys speedster.

Blue Bombers personnel man John Murphy, however, is quoted in a number of places discussing the impact Jones would have on the Bombers and the team's marketing department.

An early report had Jones arriving in Winnipeg on Wednesday but the team has yet to investigate his status with Canada Border Services 

Jones has never been questioned as a player but as been suspended several times by the NFL for his off-field activity. Most notably, Jones was involved in a strip club shooting that left a man paralyzed.

"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. "

Blue Bombers personnel man John Murphy told SI.com that Jones will be a difference maker in the CFL.

"If I was in the same position in the NFL I might have a lot more reservations," said Murphy. "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 preseason 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 played for the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans in the NFL.

gary.lawless@freepress.mb.ca

 

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