15 best free agent signings in Dallas Cowboys history

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4. Terrell Owens, WR, 2006

He told us to get the popcorn ready and he didn’t disappoint.

In 2006, the Cowboys made some huge headlines when they signed one of the most polarizing players in the entire NFL, Terrell Owens.

T.O. was a bonafide superstar but he had also just worn out his welcome with the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent just two seasons with them — following an eight-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers — and while he was dominant with Philly, he was also a huge distraction.

He should be remembered more for returning from a broken foot to nearly will the Eagles to a win in Super Bowl XXXIX. That wasn’t the case though, since everyone only saw a guy doing sit-ups in his driveway while trying to force his way out of town.

Owens got his wish and became a free agent in 2006, where he secured a three-year, $25 million deal with the Cowboys. This move was not only controversial since he was known as a locker room cancer, but many fans were still mad at his celebration on the star at midfield — although George Teague will live in the hearts of Dallas fans forever since he put a stop to it.

It didn’t take long for fans to forget about this once he was wearing the star on his helmet. That’s because Owens recorded 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in his three seasons with the club.

He did so well that Jerry Jones gave him an extension but then abruptly released him. There were reports that some of the same locker room issues he had in San Francisco and Philadelphia were happening in Dallas. Even with that, his play on the field was something special during his run with the Cowboys.