Cowboys News: Terrell Owens rumors, Eagles flirt with former Dallas pass-catcher, Dez Bryant

Terrell Owens #81 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Terrell Owens #81 (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys haven’t exactly searched far and wide for a mid-season pickup for their receiver room. Most of the search centered around Odell Beckham Jr. After Beckham’s physical sparked concerns about his ability to contribute in 2022, Dallas quickly pivoted to former longtime Colts standout TY Hilton.

While fans would like to see more from James Washington and rookie Jalen Tolbert — and more consistency from Michael Gallup — it’s probably fair to say the Cowboys are done tinkering with their receiving corps until March.

Then again, anything is possible with Jerry Jones captaining the ship. But is the championship-hungry owner desperate enough to lure a former Cowboy out of retirement? Sadly, we’re not referring to Dez Bryant, who hasn’t suited up in the NFL since he played six games with the Ravens in 2022.

The pass-catcher in question is none other than Terrell Owens.

According to Texans and NFL reporter Aaron Wilson, Owens, who turned 49 earlier this month, is eyeing an NFL comeback, and has been in contact with the Cowboys and other teams.

Owens agent, Gregory D.L Daniel, Esq., says he and Owens have been in “consistent contact” with Cowboys ownership and that the Hall of Famer has “most recently ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, which was his warm-up.”

More Cowboys News:

  • Incredibly, this isn’t a Christmas or New Year’s prank. Owens is deadly serious about returning to the NFL at 49 years old, and seemingly has the Cowboys at the top of his wishlist. Santa did come a few days ago. Asking him to take another tour around the world is quite the ask.
  • The Owens shocker quickly made the rounds on social media. Once Dez Bryant caught wind of the news, he declared his own intentions to return to Dallas. Does anyone suddenly miss the Odell Beckham Jr. saga? Dez is one of the best WRs in franchise history, but a reunion isn’t happening.
  • In other news, the Eagles hosted former Dallas tight end Blake Jarwin for a workout just days after losing to the Cowboys on Christmas Eve. Jarwin was a playmaker for Dallas as recently as 2019, catching 31 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns, but injuries — including a torn ACL in 2020 and a “rare” hip surgery — have upended his career.
  • Following two major injuries, and Dalton Schultz bursting onto the scene with 78 catches for 808 yards and eight TDs last year, Dallas (predictably) cut Jarwin at the start of the offseason.

It’d be great to see Jarwin get his career back on track, but we can think of 30 other teams we’d rather him do it with than Philly.

NFL News:

  • Amid a disappointing 6-9 season, the Raiders have benched QB Derek Carr, reportedly to preserve his health for a potential trade in the offseason. Las Vegas doesn’t want to risk injury, which would guarantee Carr more money, and thereby complicate their chances of finding a buyer.
  • Ravens QB Lamar Jackson remains out of practice. Recovering from a knee injury, Jackson hasn’t played since Week 13. The Ravens have already clinched a playoff berth, but can still win the AFC North and play the division-leading Bengals to close out the regular season in Week 18.
  • Longtime great pass rusher JJ Watt shockingly announced his retirement this week. Watt is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and will have a bust waiting for him in Canton once he becomes Hall of Fame eligible.