Dallas Cowboys: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

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Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys
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123. . Wide Receiver. (2006-08). Terrell Owens. 5. player

Love him or hate him, no one can argue against wide receiver Terrell Owens‘ production during his short time in Dallas. The controversial star posted three-straight 1,000-yard seasons for the Cowboys. Yet, Dallas was never able to win a single playoff game during Owen’s time with the team.

Originally a third-round selection out of Chattanooga in the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Owens was viewed as the heir apparent to the legendary wide receiver Jerry Rice.

But the six-time Pro Bowler eventually was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he would help Philadelphia get to Super Bowl XXXIX alongside quarterback Donovan McNabb. The Eagles ultimately came up short against the New England Patriots down in Jacksonville on that February night.

After two years in Philadelphia, Owens was released by the Eagles and landed in Dallas as a free agent. Despite his lack of postseason success with the Cowboys, the veteran wideout did record 235 receptions for 3,587 yards and a whopping 38 touchdowns in three seasons. Owens would earn a Pro Bowl bid in 2007 and was eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.