Rumors swirl about Pacman to Motown

As many nice things as Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz has already said about cornerback Pacman Jones, it’s going to come as a surprise to positively no one if the secondary-challenged organization takes a chance on the often troubled former first-round draft pick.

Jones, after all, played for Schwartz with the Tennessee Titans and the Lions are desperately seeking some upgrades in their defensive backfield, the primary reason why they were one of four teams to recently attend Jones’ private workout in New Orleans.

A deal is in place and Jones will be signed to the team next week, according to a report by Pro Football Talk. That announcement was quickly rebutted by Tom Kowalski, who covers the Lions for MLive.com.

Who is right? Well, both parties could be on the money. Consider that general manager Martin Mayhew also spoke in positive terms about Jones from the owners meeting.

“I would say nothing's imminent," Mayhew told the Detroit News. "But we're definitely tracking that and gathering more information. And he's a guy that has a skill set that would help us."

That is the sound of a man doing some serious homework. The bottom line is the Lions are not going to sign a player like Jones with a littered past of ridiculous behavior without thoroughly investigating the guy. This isn’t a move they’re just going to jump into, and from the sounds of things they don’t have any competition right now for the services of the former star. Is a deal in place right now? The club just returned from the owners meeting and that would be acting awfully fast. Could a deal be in place soon? Sure.

And if Jones gets a deal, he better not fall out of line. There are last chances and then there is what Schwartz and Mayhew could extend to Jones.

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