Terrell Owens is officially no longer a Dallas Cowboy. ESPN’s Michael Smith broke the news late Wednesday; but reportedly Ed Werder had information much earlier that Stephen Jones was pressuring Jerry to make this move.
While it is unquestioned that T.O. was once one of the greatest wide receivers in the league, and is most likely headed to Canton once he retires, his skills have begun to slip to the point where the sideshow he creates is not worth the headache that is part of the package.
Many Cowboys fans are upset at the move. While they may have a point on missing his big play presence and starpower, I believe that overall the team will be better without the me-first superstar.
One of the most promising aspects of this story is the behind the scenes implications. Is it possible that Jerry Jones is actually listening to advice from his football people? Are we ushering in a new era where the people actually tell the emperor he has no clothes?
Obviously, the media is having a field day with this story and the fall-out generated. Matt Mosley of ESPN.com states the five reasons for the move. Jim Reeves of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that once the distraction overcame the attraction it was time for the move, and his associate Jennifer Floyd Engel counters that while the Cowboys will be less explosive on the field, they will also be less radioactive off it. Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News said the move had to be done.
What is your reaction? Are you thrilled or disappointed? Were you ready to get your popcorn ready one more season, or are you glad the show is leaving town?
UPDATE: Owens is heading to Buffalo