After a 14-year NFL career interrupted by various controversies, cornerback and return specialist Adam “Pacman” Jones appears ready to hang up his cleats.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Jones announced his retirement in his Instagram story. He would later make an official post about his retirement while revealing a new car he had received as a gift.
Drafted No. 6 overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, Jones started 13 games at cornerback as a rookie but made his mark as a return specialist. The following year, he led the league in punt return touchdowns and yards per punt return.
He was suspended for the 2007 season due to various off-the-field issues, and wound up spending the year trying his hand at professional wrestling.
Upon his reinstatement in 2008, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys and finished the season on injured reserve. He was released shortly after reports of his alleged involvement in a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club.
Jones then spent one season in the CFL before being given another chance by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010.
The Bengals proved to be a perfect fit for Jones, as he wound up starting 68 of 100 games for the team over the next eight years.
He earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2014 as a kick returner, and made his first Pro Bowl the following year.
After his contract with the Bengals retired in 2017, he signed for the Broncos for the 2018 season, but was released in November.