Columnist thinks Lions should roll dice with Pacman

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz was with the Tennessee Titans when they spent a first-round draft pick on Pacman Jones, so it stands to reason to Detroit News columnist Tim Twentyman that Schwartz should make a low-risk gamble with the cornerback.

The Lions, Jaguars, 49ers and Saints were the four teams that checked out Jones on Friday during his workout in New Orleans. The Lions have been bereft at the position for some time and seem set to upgrade their defensive line with the second pick of the draft next month. Taking a flyer on Jones wouldn’t be such a bad move.

If he can’t play, the Lions can cut him. If he doesn’t behave, the Lions can cut him. If he gets in a fight with one of the bodyguards designed to keep him out of trouble, the Lions can cut him.

Jones is 26 and awful close to the point of no return when it comes to the NFL. Twentyman might be on to something here:

“If Schwartz and Co. deem him ready to play, physically, and see him as a good fit for the Lions, then they should pull the trigger. What do have they have to lose? If the Lions offer him a contract, it will undoubtedly include no guaranteed money and will be rich in behavior clauses.

If he gets in trouble, he's gone. If he embarrasses the team, he's gone. If he's cleaned up his act and helps the team, great.

Look, the Lions are in the business of collecting talent after winning a total of two games the last two seasons. If he's in shape and still has his elite speed, he's probably instantly the team's best corner.”

Stay tuned.

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