Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, echoing coach Jim Schwartz‘s sentiments over the weekend, confirmed to The Detroit News on Tuesday that the team is interested in signing CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, but “nothing’s imminent.”
The Lions, who certainly can use all the help they can get on the field, were one of a handful of teams present for Jones’ personal workout last week in New Orleans.
As to why he’s comfortable with potentially bringing Jones aboard despite the cornerback’s troubled past (six arrests in three years with the Titans and multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy resulting in his 2007 suspension), Mayhew cited Jones’ history with Schwartz, who coached him for two seasons in Tennessee. Mayhew also pointed to his own relationship with ex-Florida State teammate Deion Sanders, who has served as a mentor for Jones.
“He hasn’t been in trouble for almost two years now,” Mayhew said. “That’s a pretty big hoop to jump through. That’s a good sign. Talking with Deion about him, and where he is in his life, he had a lot of positive things to say. I’d like to sit down and talk with him myself personally.
“We don’t have a date set up, but I would think that’d be a next step for us.”