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March 24, 2010

Phillips praises Pacman

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz didn't call Wade Phillips for a recommendation on Pacman Jones. Phillips, though, said he wasn't disappointed with Pacman's on-the-field effort in 2008 when the cornerback played for the Cowboys.

Jones tied for the team lead in pass breakups with 13 that season. Jones, though, played in only nine games because of injuries and a suspension. He got in a fight with the bodyguard hired by the Cowboys. Dallas let him go after one season, and he was out of the league last season.

Schwartz, who was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee when Pacman was drafted by the Titans, confirmed the Lions are interested in signing Jones.

"He played pretty good for us when he played," Phillips said Wednesday. "His problems were off the field rather than on the field. I think the important thing with him is he got his life straightened out, and he's ready to take football and part of playing football is off the field, too. As long as he stays [out of trouble], he will be a good football player."

-- Charean Williams 

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