Troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was released Monday by the Dallas Cowboys, making him a free agent.
The Cowboys said last month they planned to release Jones, and
Monday was the first day teams could make waiver requests.
Jones was suspended for six games by the NFL after an
alcohol-related scuffle in October with a team-provided bodyguard
at a Dallas hotel.
The cornerback came to Dallas after being suspended for the
entire 2007 season following multiple off-field incidents while
with the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys acquired him in a trade
during the draft in April, and commissioner Roger Goodell cleared
him to play at the end of the preseason.
Expected to give the Cowboys a boost on defense and special
teams, Jones had 31 tackles and no interceptions in his nine games
(six starts). He averaged only 4.5 yards on his 21 punt returns,
with a long of 18 yards.
Before coming to Dallas, Jones was arrested six times and
involved in 12 instances requiring police intervention after
Tennessee drafted him in the first round in 2005.
The Cowboys traded for him anyway, despite the 2007 suspension.
But on Oct. 7, Jones got into the incident with the bodyguard
and was suspended again. Jones missed a seventh game later in the
season with an injury.
The 25-year-old Jones spent part of his time away from football
taking part in an alcohol rehabilitation program.
Tennessee received a fourth-round draft pick in the April trade.
The Titans were also supposed to get a sixth-rounder next year, but
because Jones was suspended again, Dallas will instead receive a
fifth-round pick in 2009.
A call placed to Worrick Robinson, Jones' Nashville, Tenn.-based
attorney, was not immediately returned Monday night.