The Dallas Cowboys didn’t address their lack of receiver depth in the offseason, which looked damaging when number two wide out (well, maybe 2A) Terry Glenn said Tuesday that he wanted the team to release him if it continued to insist that he sign an injury waiver before playing.
“I’m not signing any waiver,” he said Tuesday. “If the Cowboys don’t want me, it’s time to move on.”
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones responded to those remarks by saying that Glenn had not directly informed him of his desire to be released and that he certainly wouldn’t negotiate through the media.
“I’d like for him to come back, but the nature of his injury is one that it can go in the next step,” Jones said. “So that’s too big of a risk for our team to take, and I don’t think any team will take that risk.
“He made a lot of money from us last year for not playing.”
Glenn made $5 million last season, when he missed the first 15 games after two operations on his right knee. He has refused to agree to a $500,000 injury waiver, the amount the Cowboys want to give him instead of his $1.74 million base salary this season if he re-injures his right knee and is unable to play again.
He said he’s been doing football and basketball drills to ensure he has no pain or swelling in the knee, but he has yet to be able to practice. The 33-year-old is scheduled to count $3.190 million against the cap this year.
However, Glenn softened his stance considerably on Wednesday. He didn’t deny what he said 24 hours earlier, but put it in context.
“I want Jerry to understand that I know he has the ultimate power in everything that goes on with the Cowboys, and I’m not trying to challenge him in any way, shape or form,” Glenn said to ESPN.com.
“He can—and will—determine the outcome of this because it’s ultimately his decision. But what I want is to remain a Cowboy. I’ve been here for five years and I’ve made Dallas my home, and I would love nothing more than to be a Dallas Cowboy.
“I’m not trying to be at odds with Jerry,” Glenn said. “These words and comments coming from me were strictly frustration, knowing football season is right around the corner and I don’t know if my future is here, there, or anywhere. I’m ready to give 100 percent. I just want to know if this is going to be my home.”
The Cowboys need Glenn because their current number two receiver Patrick Crayton often has a case of the drops. Beyond Crayton and Glenn there are really only young players such as Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, and Isaiah Stanback, who aren’t exactly a stable of receivers that would scare other teams.