Pacman goes north

Blue Bombers add troubled NFL star

Like other troubled NFL stars before him, Adam “Pacman” Jones is coming to Canada in search of retribution. After falling out with the Tennessee Titans, after a shooting incident at a Las Vegas strip club, and failing to redeem himself with the Dallas Cowboys, the former first round pick has signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “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 “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.” Though he was later more non-committal about the possible signing, Bill Murphy, the Blue Bombers’ director of player personnel, explained the decision to SI. “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.”

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