Some Cincinnati Bengals teammates still call him "Pacman," but Adam Jones likes to think he has put his notorious alias behind him, along with everything that came with it.

The arrests. The suspensions. The trade from the Tennessee Titans and the release from the Dallas Cowboys. The two full seasons Jones missed in his prime, threatening the career of a highly talented cornerback and return man who was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft.

"When I was younger," Jones admitted this week, "I did do a lot of dumb things."

From 2007 to 2011, in his mid-20s, Jones played 22 NFL games over five seasons. But he has found a home with the AFC North champion Bengals, who rewarded three years of increasing production and (mostly) improved behavior with a three-year, $5.35 million contract in March.