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Pacman deal completed



Published: Sun, April 27, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

The Cowboys traded away fourth-and sixth-round draft picks.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The complicated deal to get Adam “Pacman” Jones to the Dallas Cowboys was finished Saturday night. Now it’s up to the suspended cornerback to make the most of the last chance he’s getting from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Dallas gave the Tennessee Titans a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft and a sixth-rounder next year. The Cowboys would get back a fourth-rounder in 2009 if Pacman isn’t reinstated, or a fifth-rounder if he returns then gets punished again. Pacman also is getting a new contract.

The teams submitted all the paperwork to the league office late Saturday, with formal approval expected today. The Cowboys are braced for the players association to quibble over the contract, but Jerry Jones emphatically said that can’t block the trade.

The bigger issue is whether Pacman will ever make it onto the field for the Cowboys. Even Jerry Jones isn’t sure it’ll happen — yet the chance he might, and that he might play really well, was good enough for the team owner to absorb the public-relations hit that comes with acquiring a guy known more for arrests than interceptions.

“To say I’m totally convinced [it will work out], no, I don’t know that,” Jerry Jones said. “I don’t know that at all. But I do know enough to do what we’re doing. And I feel positive enough that it’s worth that.”

The deal was agreed to in principle Wednesday. Then came all a convoluted series of talks between both teams, Pacman, the league and the union, a back-and-forth, forth-and-back series that team vice president Stephen Jones called the most complicated in his nearly 20 years in the league.

“Trading a suspended player is precendent-setting,” Jerry Jones said.


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