The Cowboys have signed Adam “Pacman” Jones to a three-year contact with a club option for a fourth season and submitted the documentation to the NFL.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is confident the league will approve the first trade in NFL history involving a suspended player.
The Cowboys structured the contract with incentives in the form of roster bonuses and other financial inducements designed to reward Jones for good behavior and on-field perfomance.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged the NFL Players Association had objected to some elements of their original deal, which according to a team source were related to Jones forgoing $1.25 million in deferred bonus money he earned while playing for the Titans.
Jerry Jones indicated the Cowboys would become advocates for Pacman Jones to be reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell and perhaps attempt to have his suspension modified so he can work out with his new teammates at Valley Ranch.
The Cowboys owner said he does not consider bringing a player arrested six times in three NFL seasons to be unusually risky and noted that one of the reasons Michael Irvin chose to have Jerry Jones introduce him during his enshrinement to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was their work to solve Irvin’s legal issues, which also included a suspension from the NFL.