Addition by Subtraction: TO released

by - March 5, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

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

23 Responses to Addition by Subtraction: TO released

Ryan

March 5th, 2009 at 9:44 am

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I think I'm both thrilled *and* disappointed. He was great to watch on the field, and sometimes I enjoyed his antics. However, the negative impact he had both on and off the field was undeniable… it was the best move.

Kudos Jerry… or Steven…

Jeff

March 5th, 2009 at 10:03 am

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Teams win Super Bowls with less talented receivers than T.O. Talent doesn't always equal production. The Cowboys gave him every chance but we kept seeing more distraction off the field than production on the field. Hmmm, how persuasive is Stephen Jones over his dad? Is that an outlet to reasoning with Jerry?

RP

March 5th, 2009 at 11:20 am

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Today the Cowboys cut TO and Roy Williams (S). TO was given an extension just less than a year ago, Roy was given a huge contract when he was clearly already out of his prime. Both will now be salary cap hits this year, niether of them on the team. Just shows how horrible of a GM Jerry really is.

Luis

March 5th, 2009 at 11:33 am

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Hey, I'm all about bashing Jerry. But Roy Williams was most definitely NOT out of his prime. The guy isn't even 29 yet. I agree that his contract was a terrible signing (and I said so at the time), but not for the reason you stated. It was bad because it was becoming extremely clear that Williams was becoming over matched. The error Jerry made was to not admit that he'd made a mistake in drafting Williams and letting him walk. Sure could have used that cap room to lock up Chris Canty. Ugh.

All that said, good riddance to TO. So there truly is intelligent life at Valley Ranch.

Hey Ryan, I told you Stephen should be the man!

Jeff

March 5th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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ESPN says that Jerry even consulted with Jimmy Johnson about T.O. Please don't stop there Jerry. Consult Jimmy Johnson on how to run the draft. Give him complete control of it!!!

Ryan

March 5th, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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What?!?!?! That's crazy talk!

I think he says such things to make critics like us happy.

Quan

March 5th, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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Jerry Jones is an idiot. According to sources T.O is bad, but yet the team denies everything. I think the real problem is that Ed Werder hates Terrell Owens. The media makes him out to be worse the what he is. Anything Cowboys is worse then the league. Terrell has changed a lot since being on the Dallas Cowboys.

Mike

March 5th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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I'm of the feeling that it never should have happened like this. TO certainly put up huge numbers, but at what cost? Sideline tirades, moping, finger-pointing, suicide attempts, etc. Jerry put all his eggs in TO's basket, and now the 'Boys are without a serious receiving threat. Roy Williams (WR) during his best season never matched TO's averages with the Cowboys. Good for Jerry for seeing the light, but it's been shining in his eyes sincet hday TO signed.

Bette

March 5th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

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I was dismayed at first. I really dont think TO was the cause of the Boys' problems last year. Mostly I think he made a great scapegoat and most certainly kept the media busy.
But yeah, his skills are slipping. Once he was one of the greatest in the business. And even if he never made one single bad move, just that fact that he is TO would be enough to cause distraction. I am a TO fan. But I am an even bigger Cowboys' fan. If removing the distraction whether that distraction is justified or not, will in fact aid the Cowboys, I am for it. Time will tell.
Roy Williams will be the number one receiver. Do we have anyone that can be a threat on the other side? Or will it be just like when it was TO and he gets double covered? Or will Williams' youth enable him to overcome the double coverage?
Dont think so.

KDNet

March 5th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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I sincerely hope T.O. doesn't end up in Washington or New York. The only sure thing for next season is that he will have monster games against the Cowboys. He is way too proud to not show up and make them pay. The unfortunate thing is that he can't play like that on a week to week basis. It is very sad that he has a 2 year expiration period with any team he joins. Truthfully, he will be great somewhere next year, but on the Cowboys he wouldn't be nearly as good.

Ryan

March 5th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

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I can't wait for that first spiked ball in the new stadium's star. Too bad Roy Williams won't be there to bring him down by the horse collar…

Luis

March 5th, 2009 at 11:15 pm

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I'm a little confused by the statement that he is “too proud to not show up and make them pay”. His games against former teams went as follows:

2006
@ Phi – 3 catches, 45 yards
vs Phi – 2 catches, 23 yards, 1 TD

2007
@ Phi – 7 catches, 174 yards, 1 TD
vs Phi – 2 catches, 37 yards

2008
vs Phi – 3 catches, 89 yards, 2 TD
vs SF – 7 catches, 213 yards, 1TD
@ Phi – 6 catches, 103 yards

You don't win in this league if your lead receiver does disappearing acts like that in 3 out of 5 games against a division rival (the final game against Philly was garbage time production, and the 49ers were completely over-matched; so they both get thrown out). 21 catches in six games against your biggest division rival simply isn't going to cut it. And not once did I ever seem him put forth the extra effort to “stick it” to the Eagles. The big games he had against them just happened. And this was an ongoing theme in big games.

He always seemed to manage to shrink to the occasion. Time after time you were left wondering, “Where's TO?” That is, if you weren't cursing at him for dropping a TD pass or cutting off a route and helping create an interception. And heaven forbid the opposing defense try any press coverage against him. Those 180-lb corners must be tough to shake when they get their hands on you.

At the end of the day, TO is all about TO. It never really mattered if he helped the team win, or if he gave the middle finger to his former team with a big game. It was all about his numbers. And even though he put up some pretty gaudy numbers in Dallas, I still can't help but shake the impression that they were mostly empty numbers.

And that is why I won't miss the 80+ receptions and 1000+ yards. Because even a somewhat lesser player like Roy Williams can put up 200+ yards on the 49ers (and he won't be dropping multiple touchdown passes against the Redskins, either). You watch. Romo's numbers won't suffer one bit.

Brandon

March 7th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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I'm slightly torn about this.

For the sake of team chemistry, I say it's a good move. T.O. didn't cause nearly as much drama as he did in Philly or San Fran, but he provided enough distractions, albeit manufactured by ESPN (the pills, the crap between him, Romo, and Witten).

That being said, he still did all right on the field, and will be missed for that reason. Even though they still never made it past the first round, he did help get Ws. I think Roy will be fine, but Crayton still scares me a bit, still too inconsistent at times. Back to chemistry, Romo REALLY needs to step it up as the QB and team leader. No more of this Hollywood Celebrity Superstar BS. Get your head out your rear end, Tony, and take hold of this position as it was intended to be! The Dallas Cowboys QB is one of the most high profile positions in all of pro sports (really…look it up lol). Start acting like it and earn your $67 million!

Mike

March 7th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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amen. time for tony to put up or shut up.

Ryan

March 7th, 2009 at 5:37 pm

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Hot off the press: Owens is going to Buffalo!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=396

MBurkett

March 8th, 2009 at 10:41 am

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Lesson learned. You do not throw your quarterback and OC under the bus under any circumstance. Just shut your mouth and play football. If To would have, he'd still be a Cowboy instead of in NFL Purgatory (Bufffalo, NY). It was clear when trading for Roy Williams so late in the 2008 off season that TO's days as a Cowboy were numbered.

Luis

March 8th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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I can't wait to see TO's post-game press conference after a 13-6 loss in Buffalo where the weather dictates that the Bills throw it 20 times the entire game. That should make for must-see tv.

Aroon Krishnan

March 9th, 2009 at 8:41 am

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I mean what can I say. What can I say?

Ryan

March 9th, 2009 at 8:46 am

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Is this *the* Aroon Krishnan? If so, welcome.

If not, then I beg you to stop this charade.

TrueBlue91

March 12th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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ok all u need 2 strop talking if u think he is a bad GM ur not a true COWBOY fan if u thik Emmit Smith was a bad pick what about Troy aikman and bullet bob heise just a few out of many players he got for us o0o yea and the 3 Superbowl that what a bad gm will do right

Jeff

March 12th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

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Jerry didn't pick Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman. Jimmy Johnson ran the draft then and won three Super Bowls (two as Cowboys head coach and then the team Jimmy built won another Super Bowl after Jerry ran him off). It was only after Jerry ran Jimmy off that Jerry started running the draft himself, then they won no more Super Bowls after that. And Bullet Bob Hayes???? That man was drafted in the 60's about 25 years before Jerry bought the team. Jerry was still popping zits when that man was drafted.

Mike

March 13th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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agreed. check out jerry's post-jimmy draft history:
http://firegmjerry.com/2009/01/jerry-selects-fa

Mike

March 13th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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agreed. check out jerry's post-jimmy draft history:
http://firegmjerry.com/2009/01/jerry-selects-fa