Kelly told the Associated Press that the club is not interested in Jones after all, having assessed its current state.
“It is unfortunate that this situation became public; however, our position has remained consistent,” he said. “We will pursue athletes that we believe will contribute to our organization on and off the field.
“We have completed our assessment and due diligence, and at this time we will not be pursuing the services of Adam Jones.”
SI.com’s Jim Trotter, who broke the story of Jones reaching an agreement with the Bombers, said Jones’ co-agent, Jason Fletcher, didn’t hear about the “flip-flop” until he read an Internet story on Wednesday. Fletcher said Jones was scheduled to fly to Winnipeg Thursday to sign a contract and meet with the media.
“My client and I are disappointed because, I believe, a door was closed for the wrong reason,” Fletcher said. “What has taken place — and I’ve seen it from far and near in this business — is that people are passing judgment like they’re better than the next person because someone has made mistakes that they feel they never would have made.”
(Oh, you mean like these mistakes?)
Fletcher added that he believed the deal didn’t “materialize because of the media frenzy that took place.”
Murphy did not return calls from Trotter seeking comment.
So who actually wants the 25-year old corner/return man? The NFL? The UFL? … The XFL?