Can Pacman sell teams during his private workout?
As the Combine rolls on in Indianapolis, the veteran players of the NFL take a back seat — until Friday when free agency opens. But, one player that somehow continues to get his name in the news is former Titans and Cowboys cornerback Pacman Jones.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, Jones will hold his own private “pro day” on March 19 in New Orleans, following the official Tulane workouts the day before.
But, who is going to this thing?
I understand that Jones wants to get back into the league, but we are talking about a player who has been in and out of trouble and actually out of the NFL since the 2008 season.
Sounds like a tough sell to me, and even after he worked out for the Bengals recently — which didn’t produce glowing remarks — I find it hard to believe that teams will be willing to bring this guy to camp, unless they experience injury issues at the cornerback position or in the return game.
The thing with Jones here is simple: he is an average corner who takes risks in man coverage. There aren’t many teams who are looking for that type of a player. You can find plenty of prospects on the street that like to jump routes and give away their leverage. It isn’t an attractive trait.
I’d easily say that teams would look past his off-the-field issues if he had the talent — which is customary practice at this level most of the time — but when they turn on the tape from his last playing days (with the Cowboys), they aren’t going to see anything that warrants a contract. He played poorly and was taken advantage of when he was in the game.
Sure, Pacman could have an excellent workout later this month in New Orleans, but does he have more value — coming off of the street — than a rookie with a clean record in April’s draft? Right now, I don’t see why teams couldn’t get a corner late in the draft, one that can play on all of their coverage teams that would equal what you could get from Jones in 2010.
It will be interesting to see what teams send representatives for Jones’ workout and the results that come out of New Orleans.
Because, from my vantage point, reporting back to the owner that Pacman looked good will still be a tough sell.
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