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Being a long-time Cowboys fan-can't say I'm complaining about this. But wow-how can a player with THIS immense talent be incredibly destructive?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=a ... &type=lgns

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Terrell Owens’ days in Dallas are done, according to ESPN.

ESPN cited anonymous 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.

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.

Owens will count about $9 million against the cap. 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.

The best news for Owens would be if the cameras were rolling for the new reality TV show he has in the works when he got the news from the Cowboys.

Where might he end up next? That’s sure to be the next drama, and perhaps more great fodder for his TV show.

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.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:36 pm
Post Re: Dallas Cowboys cut ties with Terrell Owens
There's rumors of him going to Oakland. Imagine him there, with a crappy quarterback who won't throw him the ball. The amount of complaining coming out of him then would be amazing.

I agree. The guy is extremely talented. But he's been a cancer to every team he has ever played for. The first year or two with the team, he's pretty OK. But after that the true T.O. comes out. He's too talented not to sign with someone soon. But he won't last more than three years with them, and not because of his age.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:29 pm
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You know, I would like to mention that although he's not a so-called 'good boy' like the fantastically overrated Marvin Harrison, he isn't the one in legal trouble. Same goes for Plax. TO has an attitude. Of course he does. He works 50% harder than most people who are on the field with him. If he doesn't exert, he doesn't play well, and he is perhaps the second best receiver in NFL history (either ahead or behind Cris Carter at the runner-up spot to Jerry Rice). He needs coaxing, but then, so does a less talented reciever 'Ocho Cinco' Johnson.

He also has made some amazing plays in the playoffs (particularly The Catch Part II and his key role in the 49er's 28 point comeback in 03') - something with Marvin Harrison has none of. The Colts didn't even become a SB contender until Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne started to shine. Yes, I'm a fan of T.O. He makes teams better, overall. He has his issues, but he also never gets that 'right' spot on the roster like Moss did in NE. I hope he does. He would make for some great Super Bowl tension.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 4:14 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
If he doesn't exert, he doesn't play well, and he is perhaps the second best receiver in NFL history (either ahead or behind Cris Carter at the runner-up spot to Jerry Rice). He needs coaxing, but then, so does a less talented reciever 'Ocho Cinco' Johnson.


Gotta disagree pretty hard on this one. I don't think TO is in the top 5. The elephant in the room is that his hands have always been awful for a #1 receiver. Not just from a not-looking-the-ball-in standpoint, but just in general: awful hands.

But don't worry, I don't think Marv Harrison is a top 5 guy either.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:03 pm
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My thoughts on Owens are extremely split. There's no doubt that he is one of the greatest receivers of all time despite having fairly poor hands. He just is a freak physically and no doubt that he wants the ball so much because he believes that the team has the best chance to win if they throw to him(and he's usually right about that). All that being said, I cannot stand him. I am an Eagles fan from Philly and the way he just blew everything up is unforgivable. Yes, Mcnabb is a baby. But he and TO were unstoppable together until TO opened his mouth. Worse yet, he just never got Philly. He was a cult hero here like I've never seen. Had the Eagles won that Super Bowl, he would've been the most popular Eagle of all time. This city had Mike Schmidt and Dr J but neither of them could match the popularity of Pete Rose and Moses Malone. Why? Because those two guys put their teams over the top much like TO could have. On his first day of Training Camp, the backup was so long on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to get there(we're talking miles here), they had to shut it down. I've never seen an athlete go from being so universally worshipped to being hated so much(and yes, there are still plenty of his fans left here), even in Philly. He could've been the Eagles Rose or Malone, instead he divided the city apart. What a shame.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:56 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
He has his issues, but he also never gets that 'right' spot on the roster like Moss did in NE. I hope he does. He would make for some great Super Bowl tension.


The question: is there a 'right' spot on the roster to satisfy his massive ego? Maybe if he was the only option on a team, then he would be happy. But football is a team sport, and he will never be the only receiver on a team.

BTW, I would put Steve Largent at #2 wide receiver of all time, with Cris Carter and Art Monk close behind. But that's from an extremely biased lifelong Seahawks fan. T.O. wouldn't even be in my top 10.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:07 pm
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SHENANIGANS

!!!

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

!!!

To all who say that T.O. is not in the receiver top 5, and especially those who say that he doesn't meet thier standard for a top 10. I dare you to come up with a foolproof top ten that doesn't include him. If Lynn Swann is anywhere near that list, I will cry shenanigans once more. This is all lying. LIES. He is #2 in overall receiving touchdowns. Can you come up with a better receiving statistic than that? As for his hands, well, he compensates for that in sheer power and speed in ways that other receivers cannot. How useful is a receiver who, hypothetically, has the hands of Larry Fitzgerald but has the route-running ability of Jerome Bettis? I understand he can be harmful to a team's chemistry, but it is still important to note that all of those teams had a winning record when he was on board (the 49ers haven't had a winning season since he left). Is he a deal with the devil? Maybe. Is he one of the elite wide receivers, even now? Absolutely. His 'destructive' element is becoming overrated.


Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:13 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
Is he one of the elite wide receivers, even now? Absolutely. His 'destructive' element is becoming overrated.


How is it overrated? The knock on him is that he throws his QBs under the bus when things go wrong, and he's done that on every single team he's been on.

No reasonable person is knocking is talent, and yeah he's made big catches in the post season, but so what? Isn't being a pro athlete about winning rings? Do you see any on TO's finger? When he's not the best at any one thing about being a receiver, winning has to seperate him -- and it doesn't. Yes, his abilty to move after the catch his great, and he makes big, tough catches on occasion, but he drops way too many balls -- there is no disputing this, and there is no excuse for this.

And while I agree with you that he's a top 10 guy, there are several easy cases to be made that he's not top 5. Rice, Moss, Warfield, Hutson, Charley Taylor, Carter, Largent. I mean, even Irving is better at most of what TO does -- and he had way better hands. Not to mention that Fitzgerald seems poised to jump into that echelon.

And I hate the TO-Manny Ramirez comparasin. Again, there's a big difference: Manny gets you succes, and TO doesn't guarantee that at all. It's no knock on the guy, he's great and beastly and one of the best playing. But #2 or 3 receiver of all time? Not even close.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:02 am
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Shade wrote:
Isn't being a pro athlete about winning rings? Do you see any on TO's finger?

Rice, Moss, Warfield, Hutson, Charley Taylor, Carter, Largent. (Michael Irvin) (Larry Fitzgerald)



Do you see what I'm saying?


Larry Fitzgerald had a record NFL postseason and he couldn't win a ring. That being considered, do you think a receiver really controls thier postseason success? I usually only lay that kind of blame on quarterbacks and defenses. I find this to be irrelevant in Owens' case. As for whether or not a championship 'separates' him, I maintain, he is the second-most prolific - in numerous statistics - scorer in the wide receiver position. This statistic is very significant.


P.S. Don't involve Rice. Any sane person knows he's number one by a significant margin. There's really no counter-argument to him.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:34 am
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The thing about Owens isn't just his ego, it's that he tends to split the locker room. Even though the fans and media tend to get on his case a lot of the players love him because he puts it all out on the field. I'm an Eagles fan and saw this happen. Before he got to Philly McNabb was the unquestioned leader. After the rivalry between the two started McNabb lost a lot of influence that he still really hasn't gotten back. Don't get me wrong, I'm not placing any of McNabb's struggles on T.O., I'm just saying Owens is more popular and divisive in the locker room than most realize. Dallas didn't release him because he can't play, and it's hard to say it was a knee jerk decision influenced by the media. This is Jerry Jones we're talking about. The fact it when a problem develops between a star player and the franchise QB, one will have to go and it won't be the QB. To be honest, I doubt T.O. even cares much. He's turned into the best journeyman in sports and that probably for the best.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:20 pm
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Something else I want to point out is Owens isn't evil and he's far from stupid. I have a friend who met him in Atlantic City and told me Owens was extremely nice, talking with everyone and signing autographs. I also knew someone who worked at Candlestick Park when Owens played for the 49ers and told me that Owens would sign autographs longer than anybody else on the team, including Jerry Rice. My point is that Owens has the capability of shutting up, he just clearly doesn't want to. He loves the attention and it won't stop no matter what team he's on.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:24 pm
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T.O. crushes teams. At this point, at age 35, he's not worth the risk. He'll behave for a year, then he reverts back to himself and destroys any chance a team has at winning. He's a great player, but if winning is your goal, he's not the guy to have.

San Fran was going to shambles before T.O. left. They had an incredible run, but to say losing T.O. is why that franchise hasn't won since he left is a huge oversimplfication. They had many more problems than losing a WR. Also, he did call his QB gay while in San Fran. As for my Eagles, they had been to 3 straight NFC Championship games before T.O. came to Philly. They were already a great team. Yeah, they went to the Super Bowl, but T.O. was hurt for the last few weeks of the regular season and the entire playoff run minus the Super Bowl (Roy Williams horse collared him and broke his leg). He put up great numbers, but the team itself was already great. He then threw Mcnabb under the proverbial bus. In Dallas, he played in one playoff game, that they lost. You can't really say he made them better, because they only made the playoffs once in 3 years. He also said Romo and Witten were having secret meetings to design plays to purposely alienate T.O. Talk about insane.

The bottom line is the guy is a great player who will put up numbers but will also destroy any team chemistry you hope for. His destructiveness is farfrom overrated seeing as how he's destroyed every team he's been with. At 35, why take a risk on a headcase who will only play 2 years for your team? If you aren't close to a title, there is no point at all. If you are close, why take the risk of bringing him in and destroying your team?


Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:34 pm
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Maybe I was a little rash in saying he wouldn't be in my top 10. He might be, but it would definitely be at the bottom of the top 10. I just think his destructive ways unfortunately overshadow his talent. It's a shame, really. If he just acted like a good teammate we wouldn't be questioning his talent. I think that, in his case, the negatives outweigh the positives.


Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:57 pm
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Well, that didn't take long :mrgreen:


Terrell Owens is now a Buffalo Bill. I might even watch them play a few next year :lol: Seriously, who thought he wouldn't get signed before the week was out?


Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:45 pm
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I thought it would be within a week, but didn't expect it to only take this long. It'll be interesting to see how T.O. performs with a young and still untested quarterback.


Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:29 pm
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