Terrell Owens released!
Dallas Cowboys’ fans jump for joy in jubilee!
My popcorn has been ready for the day Dallas does T.O.
Owens is temporarily unemployed. One cannot spell unemployment without T.O.
I am surprised by this news because, for as many problems as Owens caused in Dallas, his talents on the field, where the game is played, were undeniable. Additionally, Jerry Jones hinted that Owens would remain a Cowboy.
In fact, the Cowboys paid Owens a $12 million signing bonus just last year, included as part of a new four-year, $34 million deal.
However, Dallas felt that the notion of team, after last season's full-on personnel debacle, was more important than individual talent.
Jones reportedly had spent weeks seeking input throughout the organization about Owens before reaching a conclusion that “Owens had become a distraction” and needed to be released prior to the launch of the offseason conditioning program scheduled to start in a few weeks.
On June 1, Owens was due a $3.1 million roster bonus.
Owens, of course, for all his talents, is one of the most controversial wide receivers in NFL history.
Owens became embroiled late in the season in a controversy over the team's chemistry that dragged in quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten, and some other receivers. In the end, the Cowboys' promising season ended without a playoff berth and Owens for the third time in his career is leaving a franchise under a cloud of negative publicity.
Owens signed with the Cowboys in 2006, and was fined by the team for missing a physical rehabilitation session. In September 2006 he was rushed to the hospital after an adverse reaction to prescription painkillers and supplements. He denied initial media reports that he attempted suicide.
Before his stint with Dallas, Owens was banned from the Eagles midway through the 2005 season for criticizing McNabb and demanding a new contract one season into a seven-year deal that was worth about $49 million. Last year, he was ordered to repay $1.7 million in bonuses the Eagles paid him when he played for the team in 2004 and 2005.
He spent his first eight NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, where he clashed with Garcia and drew a team suspension in 2000 for taunting the Cowboys by celebrating touchdowns on Dallas’s star logo at midfield.
Owens, 35, had very good numbers last season (69 catches for 1,052 yards), but they were the lowest for him since 1999.
For his career, Terrell Owens is No. 2 overall in receiving TDs (139), behind only all-time great Jerry Rice. He has 951 catches, No. 6 overall, and 14,122 yards, No.5 overall.
T.O. is 35 years old.
Now the question is what's next for T.O.?
Quarterbacks around the league are praying, hoping, and thinking, “Not here!”
Owens may be tempted to try to stay in same division and grab some Snyder money and play for the Washington Redskins. But do they have the salary cap space?
Before signing with Dallas and Philadelphia, Owens expressed some interest in playing for the Baltimore Ravens. But Baltimore has changed coaches and has a second-year starting quarterback for the 2009 season.
I doubt these teams appeal to T.O.
Personally, I would like Owens to finish his career with the New England Patriots. That would be his best opportunity to play in and win a Super Bowl.
That sounds like a Pro Bowl QB and a Pro Bowl trio of WRs.
From time to time, once every blue moon, I have entertained the notion of Moss and Owens on the same team.
It happens in Fantasy Football and it could be arranged to happen in Madden NFL 09.
Initially, we wouldn’t think that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick would be interested in T.O.
Well, we didn’t think Belichick would want Randy Moss on his team either.
Stranger things have happened. Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.
Whatever happens and whichever team T.O. signs with, one thing we know for sure: the T.O. drama will continue.
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