'Pacman' Jones: I'll be out there with no seat belt

December, 7, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Cincinnati cornerback Terence Newman isn't the only player facing his former team Sunday. Former Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones just isn't getting that much fanfare.

"I won’t say personal ... strictly business," Jones said. "The way I left Dallas was a business decision. It wasn’t a personal decision. I’ll do whatever I can do to win this game. I mean whatever. I truly want to walk away with a W at the end of the game. Guys know how bad we want them."

Jones played one season with the Cowboys, and 2008 was a wild ride.

He was suspended during the season for getting into a fight with a bodyguard at The Joule, prompting the NFL to suspend Jones. After he returned, a nagging neck injury forced him off the field.

Jones wound up playing nine games, finishing without an interception. He had seven pass breakups and had a forced fumble and recovery.

After returning four punts for touchdowns in two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Jones didn't return any punts for scores with the Cowboys and finished with 95 yards on 21 attempts.

Jones still has a fondness for Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, who took a risk on signing Pacman Jones.

The experiment was a failed one.

"I’m not getting into all that," Adam Jones said. "I’m happy that the Bengals did me right. A little time, confidence and the opportunity. They’ve been patient with me through the ups and downs. Now that I get the time, I’m getting a lot of confidence. Just keep working and try to be the best, week in and out. Keep my nose clean and working hard. I’ll be one of the guys out there with no seat belt. I probably won’t sleep the night before.

"I don’t have any friends on Dallas ... well just one -- No. 21 (Mike Jenkins). That’s the only guy I can say I’m friends with. The rest of them, I don’t care about. I just want to win. Whatever we need to do to win the game, we must do it. I don’t have any bad blood over there, but I don’t care about them."

It seemed as if the Cowboys could never reach Jones. The stage was too big for him at that time because he was still dealing with his off-the-field issues. Since he's been with the Bengals, he's been relatively quiet off the field.

In three seasons with the Bengals, Jones has one interception and 16 pass breakups. Jones has also returned a punt for a touchdown.

To hear Jones speak, one would think he believes the Cowboys did him wrong compared to Tennessee, who traded him to Dallas.

"That situation was different," Jones said. "In Dallas, a lot of (expletive) is fairy tale. I should say, 'It’s not real life.' They don’t tell you how it really is. I have nothing against Tennessee. My coach down there (Jeff Fisher) is a great friend and father-figure to me. I have no hard feelings against none of them. But down deep, this is the one you want."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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