Longtime NFL defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones, whose 12-season career was marked as much by controversy off the field as contributions on it, has announced his retirement.
Jones, 35, posted a video Friday on his Instagram Story that purports to show him signing a document with an NFLPA-backed organization, “The Trust,” whose goal is to provide retired players with the support in life after football. The video was posted with the all-caps caption “LOL.”
“This is an official letter,” Jones says in the video. “It’s official that I’m done with the NFL, cuz.”
Pacman is signing with “The Trust” powered by the NFLPA, which provides former players the support they need to succeed in life after football. pic.twitter.com/JPwsH7L75A
— Jordan Dajani (@JDajani247) May 24, 2019
Jones most recently was with the Broncos, playing in seven games in 2018 before being released.
Former @Titans CB Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL.
Sure, there was turbulence along the way, but props to him for a long, successful and memorable career.@REALPACMAN24 pic.twitter.com/wlwmg3fkTP
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 24, 2019
“I’m content. I had a hell of a run doing it. I’m at the point where I didn’t feel I would be top level if I tried to play now. I’m happy and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and the kids,” Jones told ESPN on Friday afternoon.
Jones was taken in the first round (No. 6 overall) by the Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft out of West Virginia.
Over the course of 12 seasons across 14 years (he was suspended one season and sat out another), Jones recorded 508 total tackles (421 solo) and had 17 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He played most of his career, eight seasons from 2010-17, with the Bengals.
His breakout second season with the Titans in 2006, when he had 62 combined tackles, eight pass deflections and a career-high four interceptions, was followed the next April by his suspension for one year under the NFL’s player conduct policy.
It was part of a career in which he was frequently in and out of trouble with the league.
After commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Jones in early 2008, the Titans traded him to the Cowboys. After one season in Dallas, he was abruptly released in early 2009.
According to ESPN at the time, the move came after the team learned that Jones was alleged to be a suspect in a June 2007 shooting outside a strip club in Atlanta, the second incident in 2007 involving a shooting and allegations that Jones was involved (the previous one happened in February at NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas).
Jones dabbled with playing in the CFL but eventually sat out the 2009 season before landing with the Bengals ahead of the 2010 NFL season.
He enjoyed some of his best seasons with the Bengals but continued to be a lightning rod for controversy, on the field (he was involved in a sideline altercation with Steelers assistant Joey Porter) and off it (he served a one-game suspension to open the 2017 season after his arrest in Cincinnati and subsequent deal in which he pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer).
Last March, the Bengals declined to pick up his option. He eventually caught on briefly with the Broncos.