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Dallas Cowboys’ deal to acquire Pacman Jones has stipulations

IRVING -- The courtship of suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is finally over.

The Dallas Cowboys and Titans have confirmed that the two sides have reached an agreement in principle on a trade for Jones.

According to a Titans release, final details are still to be worked out before the draft and Jones must pass a physical before the trade will be finalized.

According to a Cowboys spokesman, a news conference announcing the deal might happen today, depending on owner Jerry Jones' schedule.

The Cowboys will send the Titans a fourth-round pick in this weekend’s NFL Draft. The Cowboys could also send the Titans an undisclosed pick in 2009, depending on how much Jones plays. If Jones isn't reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the Titans will send the Cowboys an undisclosed 2009 draft pick.

The latter somewhat alleviates concerns the Cowboys might have about Jones’ status -- especially in light of the news this week that he paid $15,000 in extortion money in connection with a Las Vegas shooting.

Jones has been suspended since April 10, 2007, for numerous violations of the league’s personal conduct rules.

Jones’ off-field conduct has included 10 incidents in which he was interviewed by police. The final straw for the NFL took place in Las Vegas. Three people were shot -- one paralyzed from the waist down -- in a brawl at Minxx strip club that capped a raucous NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2007.

Las Vegas police said Jones incited the fight when he "made it rain" by showering strippers with cash and then became angry when the women picked up the money. Jones pleaded no contest Dec. 6 in Las Vegas to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in a plea deal reducing two felony charges. In return, he agreed to tell police what he knew about the shooter.

Information supplied by Jones led to the arrest last Friday of Arvon Kenti Edwards of Renton Wash. Edwards faces three counts of attempted murder and three counts of battery in connection with the all-star game incident. Jones traveled to Washington last Friday to pick Edwards out of a police lineup.

Court documents reveal that Edwards allegedly used go-betweens to reach Jones, who paid $15,000 in two installments after the shooting.

"He paid $15,000 to his friends, who advised him that if he didn’t pay the money, then this guy would come after him," said Robert Langford, Jones’ lawyer in Las Vegas.

Jones, who is trying to repair his image, is hoping his cooperation will help show the commissioner that he understands the error of his ways and will do whatever it take to get back on the field.

Goodell has said in the past that he wouldn’t rule on Jones’ case until right before training camp. According to the source, the Cowboys are hoping that Jones has not been set back in his bid to be reinstated to the league and that if he continues to abide by the commissioner’s wishes that he will be back on the field in 2008.

The acquisition of Jones fills a huge need for the Cowboys, although Jerry Jones has said in the past that Jones’ presence will not have any impact on the team’s draft-day decisions. The NFL Draft is Saturday and Sunday.

The Cowboys lost two cornerbacks in free agency and have no experienced depth behind starters Anthony Henry and Terence Newman. Considering both of those players were hurt much of last year, they need a cornerback who they can count on to make an immediate contribution.

At this point, the Cowboys don’t know if Jones will be available in 2008, so they will still target a cornerback in the draft.

Jones was the first defensive player drafted in 2005, sixth overall out of West Virginia, and he easily was Tennessee’s best defender in 2005 and 2006. His four career interceptions came in 2006 as he helped the Titans to an 8-8 record.

He also led the NFL in punt-return average in 2006 with 12.9 yards per return and three touchdowns.

Jones is just the latest example of the Cowboys' pursuit of players with troubled pasts, including Alonzo Spellman, Dimitrius Underwood, Terrell Owens and Terry "Tank" Johnson.

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