Cowboys decide to release ‘Pacman’ Jones

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2009

Troubled cornerback Adam ‘‘Pacman’’ Jones must look elsewhere in the NFL for another chance. The Dallas Cowboys are done with him.

Jones was released Wednesday by the Cowboys following a turbulent season in which he was suspended six games for an off-field scuffle and made little impact on the field.

Jones, expected to give the Cowboys a boost on defense and special teams, had no interceptions and averaged just 4.5 yards per punt return. His release will become official Feb. 9, the first day NFL teams can make waiver requests.

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‘‘He was surprised, and I think he was obviously somewhat hurt,’’ said Worrick Robinson, Jones’ Nashville, Tenn.-based attorney. ‘‘At the same time, he understands the business behind what is happening here.’’

Jones’ attorney added he expects the cornerback will be back with some team in 2009.

‘‘He is young. He has a lot of ability and he is eager to get back on the field,’’ Robinson said.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple declined to comment on the team’s decision and said owner Jerry Jones was unavailable. Coach Wade Phillips did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

The Cowboys traded for Jones despite the cornerback’s suspension for the 2007 season after multiple off-field incidents while with the Titans. He was given another chance and cleared to play in 2008 by commissioner Roger Goodell.