All Jerry Jones wanted to do Saturday was announce that George Strait would open the new stadium with a concert in June.
But, he was surrounded by a horde of reporters who haven’t had his attention since the Dallas Cowboys troubling collapse in December. And they peppered him for 30 minutes on Terrell Owens.
Jones said he and his son, Stephen, never discussed releasing Owens, and he indicated that Owens will remain on the team. The report, written in January by Ed Werder, quoted two sources who said Stephen Jones was persuading his dad to release Owens to improve team chemistry. One of those sources very well could have been Dan Reeves, who spent one day in Valley Ranch as a consultant before bolting through the door when Jones put this odd clause in his contract that would basically make him punch a time clock.
I don’t entirely believe Jones is wrong when he says ESPN was writing irresponsible reports. They do it often, and they hever correct the errors. They just act like it news that keeps developing—but what it is really is reporting bad information and then correcting it later through a “developing story.”
Although dropping Terrell Owens has its pros, it also has cons. Pros: team chemistry should improve, Roy Williams can handle the No. 1 role, Miles Austin can take more snaps, Jason Witten can return to 90 catches and 10 touchdowns performances and Tony Romo doesn’t need to worry about getting Owens the ball. The cons are the Cowboys lose a top 6 receiver in the NFL, take a rather large hit in the wallet, and the Cowboys get nothing for him–probably the biggest con.
If the Cowboys could work out a trade in Baltimore for Lewis and draft picks, terrific…but doubtful. If the Bengals lose their two top receivers, maybe they’d have interest in Owens for two first round picks. Would the Titans want him? Oakland Raiders might be the best possibility for the Cowboys because it is a team that desperately needs a talented wide receiver.