Former Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.
Jones announced the news himself in an Instagram video on Friday. The No.6-overall pick in the 2005 draft out of West Virginia by the Tennessee Titans, Jones immediately made an impact in the league as both a shutdown corner and a returner but numerous off-field incidents threatened to permanently derail his career at several junctures.
In one of the most shocking, Jones was involved in a fight at a Las Vegas strip club that was followed by someone in Jones’ entourage returning to the club and opening fire. Three people were injured and Jones was charged with felonies before pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.
Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the off-field troubles and returned with the Cowboys in 2008. He served another suspension during the season, didn’t play at all in 2009 and then joined the Bengals for the 2010 season.
Jones finally seemed to turn a corner in Cincinnati under coach Marvin Lewis, where he played eight years, even being named first-team All-Pro in 2014. But he has struggled with injuries the past few seasons and has not played a full 16-games season since 2016.
The 35-year-old has been out of the league since being cut by the Denver Broncos in November. Jones ends his career with 17 interceptions, 12 fumble recoveries, and five punt-return touchdowns.