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Old 03-05-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens' days in Dallas are done, according to multiple reports.

ESPN, The Dallas Morning News and The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, among others, cited sources Wednesday night in saying that the Cowboys have decided to cut the receiver, ridding them of a big locker-room distraction but also absorbing a big hit on their salary cap.


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Terrell Owens' days in Dallas are reportedly over.

T.O.'s three years in Dallas
Year Receptions Yards TDs
2006 85 1,180 13
2007 81 1,335 15
2008 69 1,052 10
The team did not immediately have a comment. A spokesman for Owens said he hadn't heard the news, and that Owens was traveling and could not immediately be reached. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also did not immediately return a call.

Just a few weeks ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated that T.O. was staying when he said, "You and I both know that the one that you're asking about all the time, if I gave you the answer that you want to hear, then you would've already had it. So the fact you don't have it ought to tell you something. It really should."

Jones seemed to enjoy the publicity Owens stirred up as much as the touchdowns he scored. However, there were several in-house issues involving Owens that may have ultimately prompted Jones to decide the receiver wasn't worth the trouble he caused.

In January, NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi reported the Cowboys were considering cutting Owens. The receiver was slated to carry a 2009 salary-cap number of $8.995 million. By releasing him before June, his 2009 salary-cap charge to Dallas accelerates to $9.675 million.

His absence means one less high-profile player to open the Cowboys' new, $1.1 billion stadium, and fewer No. 81 jerseys to sell.

While Tony Romo also will be without the recipient of most his touchdown passes, he also will no longer have to make sure T.O. has enough passes his way to make him happy. Whether that was perception or reality will no longer matter either.

The Cowboys went 31-17 in Owens' three seasons, but 0-2 in the playoffs.

Jones essentially forced Owens on then-coach Bill Parcells, a relationship underscored by Parcells referring to Owens as "the player." Owens drew attention to himself during training camp by dressing up as a pro cyclist while riding a stationary bike, then had an accidental overdose early that season.

Yet when Parcells turned to unproven Romo midway through that season, Owens sparkled. They kept it up the next season, leading the Cowboys to all sorts of club records on their way to a 13-3 season and a division title. The Cowboys lost their first playoff game, days after Romo and others went on a trip to Mexico, and Owens tearfully defended Romo, saying, "That's my quarterback."

Owens got a new contract last summer, a four-year, $34 million deal that included a $12 million bonus.



Where might he end up next?

He's not likely to return to San Francisco or Philadelphia, the other places he wore out his welcome. Then again, it seemed unlikely he would come to Dallas after having offended Cowboys fans by celebrating on the team's star logo while playing for the 49ers.

Don't expect him in Miami, not as long as Parcells is in charge. And perhaps also count out Kansas City because new coach Todd Haley and Owens hardly got along when Haley was Dallas' offensive coordinator.

The Cowboys should still have a potent passing game, at least if receiver Roy Williams can live up to his big contract and the two draft picks Dallas gave up to get him from Detroit. Romo also still has his favorite target, tight end Jason Witten.

Over three years with the Cowboys, Owens caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games. He led the NFL with 13 TDs receiving in 2006, his first season in Dallas.

Over his 13-year career, he's a five-time All-Pro and ranks second in career touchdowns, fifth in career yards receiving and sixth in career receptions. He turned 35 in December, but remains a physical specimen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:58 AM   #2
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Alternatively, you could look down a few lines and consult the other two topics regarding this issue.
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Yah, I can't really do a search for "to" so when it wasn't on the first page (which it wasn't when I refreshed), I wasn't sure there was a thread yet.

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Yah, I can't really do a search for "to" so when it wasn't on the first page (which it wasn't when I refreshed), I wasn't sure there was a thread yet.

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Thats a lie. It is on the front page right now and nobody has posted in the topic since you posted this topic.
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Thats a lie. It is on the front page right now and nobody has posted in the topic since you posted this topic.
"Sign TO" was not on new posts when I refreshed at ~12:55. But is it really that big of a deal?

I mean what the **** guys, I apologized immediately when I realized, are you really that butthurt over whatever the **** happened to you today that you're lashing out on a message board trying to claim someone is a liar or some BS? Step Your Game Up!
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"Sign TO" was not on new posts when I refreshed at ~12:55. But is it really that big of a deal?

I mean what the **** guys, I apologized immediately when I realized, are you really that butthurt over whatever the **** happened to you today that you're lashing out on a message board trying to claim someone is a liar or some BS? Step Your Game Up!
Its just fun to give you a hard time
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The big question is: how average will Romo look without TO?
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