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Last week, in the wake of the news that the Cowboys would cut cornerback Pacman Jones, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that receiver Terrell Owens could be next.
And since Werder’s report apparently didn’t get sufficient attention last week, given all the hype regarding ESPN’s report on ESPN’s report about a matter that previously had been reported resulted in Pacman’s release, the thing has been dusted off and gussied up and presented as a brand-new news item.
Here’s the lead sentence from Werder’s “new” report:  “Improving locker room chemistry will be the highest priority for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason and that will force serious discussions between Wade Phillips’ coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones about whether to release controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens, according to team and league sources.”
Here’s what Werder said six days ago:  “[T]here is a lot of internal debate about Owens, who’s viewed internally by some people as a descending player and a divisive force in the locker room, and the question is does his performance on the field justify some of the other problems he seems to be causing with players like [quarterback] Tony Romo and [tight end] Jason Witten?” 
Meanwhile, the bigger story in Werder’s new report was buried, presumably because it didn’t involve T.O.
Per Werder, some within the Cowboys organization believe that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will not turn down head-coaching opportunities elsewhere (he’s a finalist in St. Louis) unless Garrett is promoted to head coach and the Cowboys dump Owens.
In other words, the red-haired, fresh-faced Garrett could in reality be a power-hungry sneak who’s trying to indirectly launch a coup against Wade Phillips.
But who cares about something that juicy if it involves a Cowboys employee other than Owens or Pacman?
Surely, ESPN doesn’t.

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55 Responses to “REPORT (AGAIN): OWENS ON THE OUTS?”
  1. GeauxSaints12 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:04 PM

    Snitchs, crybabies, cat fights. You guys would be great on the real world. LOL.

  2. cobrala says: Jan 14, 2009 10:04 PM

    Cowgirls are best without Garrett.
    Talk about underachieving an abundance of talent!
    No wait, er, um, I WANT Garrett to remain now that I think about it!
    And T.O.
    And Pacman.
    And Roy.
    And Romo.
    E-A-G-L-E-S: EAGLES!!!

  3. VaBthang4 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:16 PM

    Great posting.
    Werder is a one of the biggest uptight phonies in Sports media.

  4. Mbehavin2 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:21 PM

    Maybe Garrett is smart enough to realize as long as Owens is ‘boy or better yet the number 1 Jerry’s Kid. Then there is not really a true Head Coach, OC or any real plays. Gee it would be too bad if Owens were bounced from yet another team.

  5. wolverine21 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:21 PM

    keep dreaming werder.

  6. The Q-man says: Jan 14, 2009 10:24 PM

    Espn is slowly but surely becoming the NOT A SOURCE FOR SPORTS NEWS. Just a blight on the tv landscape. ESPN used to be THE ONE.
    Now their reports have to be checked for accuracy and truth and they have be shown to be lacking….A LOT LATELY!

  7. Simdogga77 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:24 PM

    If Jerry has any brains he’ll do the right thing and get rid of T.O.!
    That being said, he’ll be back.

  8. Favre2012 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:25 PM

    No one gives a **** about Garrett, Florio, because he’s never done anything.

  9. Fart Face Killah says: Jan 14, 2009 10:25 PM

    Boats N Hoes!

  10. andyreid says: Jan 14, 2009 10:26 PM

    Lousy player on a lousy team……….Riddle: Who has more playoff wins in the last decade, the Cowboys or the Lions?

  11. kingj228 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:29 PM

    Hope Owens stays! Jerry Jones aka The Tidy Bowl Man deserve each other.

  12. The RBM says: Jan 14, 2009 10:30 PM

    Dude, I just read that story before I came back to my favorite website in the world,, yall are on it. Check this out though because I know that most of the individuals who will provide their opinions havent read, will refuse to read, or just wont read the actual story. The headline over at ESPIN says “Sources: Cowboys discuss releasing T.O.” right, lol, but then in the actual article it reads that:
    a: “The big one [Owens] didn’t get discussed yet, but I’m sure it will and real hard.”
    g: “The discussions involving Owens have not yet been formally initiated and probably will not occur until the Cowboys are more certain of the composition of their coaching staff.”
    (oh yeah: ©ESPN 2009 <— so I (or you Mike) dont get sued)
    Of course this was written by Mr. Ed and of course its those “unnamed sources” providing that hard-hitting, riveting, peek into the future. That article is garbage and is just another example of how Mr. Ed creates stories, which will get picked up by the national media and overblown. I also loved how that same article of course mentions T.O. calling out Garrett, but conveniently omits that Romo did the same thing.
    Before I left ESPINs website to come back here, I read an article written by Le Anne Schreiber (their current ombudsman umbudsperson) which read about ESPIN making themselves a part of their stories or THE story, and the new/old article by Werder was another example of that.
    So let the T.O. hatin’ begin…..

  13. jarfitz says: Jan 14, 2009 10:31 PM

    Let’s hear from cowboy chris on this…

  14. Vox Veretus says: Jan 14, 2009 10:31 PM

    i am an epic failure, just like the entire cowboys organization… HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!

  15. Strs90 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:31 PM

    Why do all of Werder’s stories always have unnamed sources?
    Does Werder have imaginary friends?

  16. VBG says: Jan 14, 2009 10:33 PM

    Let Owens go to New York (Gnats) or Washington… make the NFC East rounds and destroy each of the rest of them.

  17. ermatic721 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:37 PM

    T.O isn’t going anywhere.
    With a billion dollar stadium and a floundering economy, you need Owens, his presence immediately boosts the sales of popcorn by 400%. T.O puts asses in seats, he’s the biggest draw along with Romo and Dallas needs the ‘bad’ counterpart to Romo’s good cop image. And on top of all this, he’s actually really talented.

  18. Rob0729 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:40 PM

    Jones should have dumped TO when Parcells wanted to. They might have been able to keep Parcells for another year or two or three and might have won that playoff game that Jerry hasn’t had in over a decade.

  19. The Turk says: Jan 14, 2009 10:48 PM

    To most of us non-pretending-non-frauds (that obviously eliminates you, Vox), it brings a tremendous amount of joy to see Skeletor and his Cult of the Blue Pentagram wallow in misery.
    Hey, speaking of Vox, tell us – after that less than manly 44-6 / fainting in the shower performance, are you still able to “get it up” for that Tony Romo Fathead hanging on the wall of your Philadelphia area basement?

  20. titansfan1988 says: Jan 14, 2009 10:49 PM

    please just don t let him go to tennessee

  21. ManicX says: Jan 14, 2009 10:50 PM

    The Giants would never take an asshole like Owens. Hell, they got rid of Shockey when he showed his willingness to rip a team apart, and didn’t fight all that hard to keep Tiki when he was backbiting.
    Of course with our low-level criminal receiver on the outs they might be looking for a big threat. I can only hope they learned their lessons from the other NFC Easters and keep a level head about staying cancer free in the Giants locker room.

  22. Dok GonZo says: Jan 14, 2009 10:52 PM

    [E]gomaniacs [S]pewing [P]utrid [N]onsense

  23. madrigals_2 says: Jan 14, 2009 11:01 PM

    They will release T.O. so they can make room for Albert Haynesworth and his giant contract. Ed Werder already reported that the Cowboys will make no attempt to resign Tank Johnson and you know Jerry Jones isn’t afraid to spend money.

  24. freedomispopular says: Jan 14, 2009 11:05 PM

    “andyreid says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    Lousy player on a lousy team……….Riddle: Who has more playoff wins in the last decade, the Cowboys or the Lions?”
    The likely retort from our good friend Vox: But we’ve won 5 Super Bowls!!

  25. marc13styles says: Jan 14, 2009 11:12 PM

    I just don’t want to hear about T.O. anymore. He is a overpaid crybaby that only hurts teams. The guy does not bring one thing good to a team. He could be the best in the game at the WR position , but he pisses it away. I would love the irony if he was let go and not one team showed interest.

  26. jkr says: Jan 14, 2009 11:34 PM

    Hmm let’s see who will stay, terrell owens double digit touchdowns and 1000 yards receiving yet again for a top flight wr who demands double coverage or a red headed step child o.c. in garrett who can’t figure out how to scheme an offense with all those weapons barber,witten,romo,choice,jones,and roy williams don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out jason garrett.

  27. bnb says: Jan 14, 2009 11:35 PM

    I do not understand all the hatred for T.O. Quick – name 5 receivers better than him? Perhaps Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Randy Moss?
    The bottom line is the guy is still a force and produces at an extremely high level. All this talk about him being a problem in the locker room is just puritan-BS that ESPN spouts all the time. Who cares if he’s an ass? He makes plays. As long as he is still producing, I would tell the other players to man up and grow a pair. Romo and Owens don’t need to be BFFs for the Cowboys to win. They need Romo to stop choking.
    And one last nugget for the anti-T.O. crowd: How can you fault him when he shrewed the Pats secondary in the Super Bowl on a bum ankle? If he can do that, who the hell cares if he says something about Brett Favre on ESPN taken out of context so ESPN can create its own soap opera to sell us for years?

  28. miller4545 says: Jan 14, 2009 11:39 PM

    Cowboys and NY Yankees= overpayed jackasses that choke and underachieve!!!

  29. East Bay Ray says: Jan 15, 2009 12:00 AM

    Tell me, what team has as many Super Bowl wins as the Detroit Lions? E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!!! Get back to us when you win one. Until then, savor that 1960 NFL Championship. You know, when Eisenhower was president, and before I was born.

  30. AlwaysSonny says: Jan 15, 2009 12:04 AM

    WHHOOAAA bnb….
    I hope you’re not an Eagles fan or at least plastered out of your mind watching T.O. in the SB. He certainly did NOT “shrew the Pats secondary in the Super Bowl on a bum ankle.” Yes, if you look at the stats which were something like 9 for 120, you’d think he ripped them. But, any Eagles fan worth their salt knows he got those catches on strictly underneath stuff and never made a play passed the first level. He was almost a cadaver compared to his regular season TD scoring self. It’s amazing the score was so close. Once again McNabb gets little appreciation for doing so much with so little. Greg Lewis remains as the only WR to ever catch a td in the SB for the Iggs

  31. ronmexico says: Jan 15, 2009 12:07 AM

    “andyreid says:
    January 14th, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    Lousy player on a lousy team……….Riddle: Who has more playoff wins in the last decade, the Cowboys or the Lions? ”
    I got a better riddle….Who has more Superbowl wins, the Eagles or the Houston Texans?
    A: Neither, yet it is more excusable since Houston has been in the league less than 10 years. Philly has never one won in their miserable existence….ever. You wanna talk about playoff wins? Talk about lowered expectations. I guess for Philly fans, the NFC championship is THEIR super bowl. Look at your own lousy team before you start bashing a storied franchise. Who’s Philly’s best coach in team history?? Andy Reid?? HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!! When Andy “throw first, ask questions later” Reid is your most winningest coach you know you have a horrible franchise.

  32. andyreidswaistline says: Jan 15, 2009 12:27 AM

    It’s truly unfortunate that the story only gets worse for one of the finest gameday warriors in this modern era.

  33. jjared1101 says: Jan 15, 2009 1:39 AM

    The RBM is spot on. Anyone posting needs to go back to the first page and read that post.

  34. DJSlyBri says: Jan 15, 2009 2:16 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I must advise Jerry Jones that cutting Owens will have massive cap ramifications. Therefore, Jones must keep him on the team.
    As for “ronmexico” above, please. Keep living int he past. All I care about is “44-6” in a “win and in” game. Aikman, Irvin, and Smith are ancient history. Accept it.

  35. bnb says: Jan 15, 2009 2:54 AM

    AlwaysSonny: I am actually a niners fan (unfortunately). My general take on players that get ripped for being bad clubhouse guys (T.O., Bonds, Manny Ramirez, etc.) are done so by moralist reporters/announcers who want to come off as good guys but have no understanding just how valuable these guys are (Joe Buck is the worst example). The players that truly outrage me are guys like Freddie Mitchell, who talk a ton of smack and suck.
    My point is simple: as long as you are performing at a high level on the field, I don’t care about the rest. It is about winning, period. I don’t have to think every player on my favorite team is the most awesome guy to get a beer with, I just care that he performs.

  36. icase81 says: Jan 15, 2009 7:59 AM

    To continue that, as long as they aren’t out breaking the law and endangering other people. Guys out getting hammered and driving home, but still produce on the field should be cut. Its about winning, but its also about making money, and looking out for your community. Why else would the NFL make such a big deal (as they should) about players helping the community, and

  37. PastorZack says: Jan 15, 2009 8:40 AM

    Keep TO…let Garrett walk…fire Wade mid-season if need be and take Shanahan in the cross-fire.

  38. Dirty_Waters says: Jan 15, 2009 9:21 AM

    If Jerry Jones was smart (he’s not), he would get rid of Owens before next season. If the Cowboys thought Owens was a “divisive force” before, wait until he reads the report that the Cowboys are thinking about getting rid of him. He’s going to be doing sit-ups on Tony Romo’s front lawn at 4 in the morning.

  39. JimmySmith says: Jan 15, 2009 9:22 AM

    If they cut TO, what will Vox do? He will still bend over and grab his ankles but which Cowboy will be the lucky one?

  40. Mbehavin2 says: Jan 15, 2009 10:04 AM

    The Titans will never sign Owens. Fisher will not let that happen since he is stuck with Vince Young. Can imagine how much damage Owens would do in that clubhouse to people like Young and the fat ego Lendale White? No not a chance even as badly as they need a Wide Receiver.
    IF/When Owens is bounced from Dallas I wonder if any team outside of Oakland would take him now? Maybe the Lions – just to sell tickets and popcorn; yet, even there he might corrupt Calvin Johnson.

  41. qjenkins says: Jan 15, 2009 10:17 AM

    It is sad that even while the season is over for the Cowboys, Ed Werder is still on a mission to report on Terrell Owens.
    If the Cowboys let Terrell Owens go, can you honestly depend on Roy Williams to be a #1 WR and lead this team. He was never a true #1 playing with the Lions and had questionable practice habits(or what has been leaked to the media) before. Other than going to the Pro Bowl in ’06 (Terrell Owens had similar number, better as a matter of fact and his team had gone to the playoffs), what has he done. I like Roy and I feel as if he is a great complimentary player but not the #1 WR the Cowboys are looking for.
    T.O. was not the biggest problem for the Cowboys. Play-calling on both sides of the ball, lack of leadership, and accountability reared its ugly head.
    If he does get released, I believe they’re plenty of teams in the league that would still sign and give him a chance. Jags, Seahawks, Raiders, Bucs, Bears, Vikings, etc.
    ESPN has the America brainwashed and reports only what they would like for us to know, not what we need to know. I think everyone would love to know the sources of Ed Werder because he has more sources than staff at the White House.
    That article from the ombudsmen was needed. We know that the “E” in ESPN stands for entertainment but they are really becoming a soap opera by reporting on non-sense.
    Why aren’t the reporters at ESPN villified for the type of work they give to the public.

  42. TCLARK says: Jan 15, 2009 11:15 AM

    bnb says
    “How can you fault him when he shrewed the Pats secondary in the Super Bowl on a bum ankle?”
    You do realize they played him man to man (no help) with undrafted free agent Randell Gay, don’t you? The idea was, let T.O. get his, and shut everything else down. He had no TD’s. Other than that your post was solid.

  43. purpleguy says: Jan 15, 2009 11:18 AM

    Come on, even if Werder is a myopic dope, there has to be some fire causing all this TO-induced smoke coming from Valley Ranch. It is funny that the focus is on locker room “chemistry” apparently being the root of the Cowboys’ failures. Couldn’t be the declining QB play, lousy O-line play or the weak D-secondary, not to mention the offensive and head coaching. If they think TO is the only problem, the Giants and Eagles have nothing to wory about from down south next year.

  44. Vox Veritas says: Jan 15, 2009 11:42 AM

    This is ESPN type fluff.

  45. Smush Rodrigez says: Jan 15, 2009 11:46 AM

    At least T.O. plays hard and with heart. The guy just wants to win and get paid. The media gives this guy way too much attention. imagine if T.O. said all of the things that Edge said in AZ….

  46. Vox Veritas says: Jan 15, 2009 11:54 AM

    “He was never a true #1 playing with the Lions and had questionable practice habits”
    Key words: “with the Lions”. Leonard Davis was a giant bust “with the Cardinals”. Steve Young was a chump “with the Bucs”. Jimmy Smith was a bust “with the Cowboys”. Sometimes a guy needs a change of address. Roy E.’s from Texas and has always made it known that he wanted to play in his home state so now it’s up to him to do what he needs to do. I want to see him after a training camp before I make a judgment.
    If TO were cut, the only thing that would keep him from signing a new contract elsewhere are negotiations because there would be no shortage of teams looking to sign him. NFL personnel people don’t give a shit what anybody on PFT or ESPN has to say about it.

  47. eagles20 says: Jan 15, 2009 12:07 PM

    owens dividing a locker room……… what a worthless piece of crap. i love how everyone jumped on #5 and how it was his fault now these same people blast owens. why is this guy even beleived when he speaks? it is all lies. at least he can get his popcorn ready to watch his old team that plastered his new team, his old team that wins playoff games, his old team that is much better without him, play this weekend. dallas got exactly what they paid for a crybaby, who i am sure says you cant spell team without “me”….but i am sure if the cowgirls get rid of him the other turd collectors like the bucs or raiders will give him a shot. hey jerry why not go out and bring in chris henry too…cowgirls suck.

  48. Vox Veritas says: Jan 15, 2009 12:11 PM

    “As an Eagles fan, I must advise Jerry Jones that cutting Owens will have massive cap ramifications.”
    As a Cowboys fan, I must advise you to reserve comment on things that you know nothing about. There would be a cap hit, but not a big one.
    Last June, the Cowboys paid Owens a $12.9 million signing bonus as part of a four-year, $36 million contract. Should the Cowboys cut Owens, he would count $680,000 more against the ’09 cap than the $8.99 million he is scheduled to count if he stays. And because this is the last capped season, the Cowboys cannot spread out the hit over two seasons like teams were able to do previously.
    So there you go. A one-time cap hit of $680K. That said, TO ain’t going anywhere. Jerry Jones is actually hoping that Garrett gets a job somewhere else so he doesn’t have to live up to the promise that Garrett would replace Phillips once Phillips is gone. Once that happens, Jones will fire Phillips and replace him with either Shanahan or Cowher.

  49. Vox Veritas says: Jan 15, 2009 12:13 PM

    “If they cut TO, what will Vox do?”
    Continue pwning you on PFT. Who are you jocking on, you’re a freaking Packer fan!

  50. Kevin from Philly says: Jan 15, 2009 3:28 PM

    “Per Werder, some within the Cowboys organization believe that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will not turn down head-coaching opportunities elsewhere (he’s a finalist in St. Louis) unless Garrett is promoted to head coach and the Cowboys dump Owens.”
    Also, Garrett wants Jerry to wear a bag over his head any time he talks to him.

  51. famousamos35 says: Jan 15, 2009 3:56 PM

    “the thing” (the Adam Hitman Jones story) “has been dusted off and gussied up and presented as a brand-new news item”
    C’mon Florio… You still haven’t seen it yet, have you? I’m surprised you aren’t giving them any credit. They have basically done the work the police should have done. Unbelieveable that you (and Peter King & others) are giving Hitman Jones a pass on this.
    Thats how we rolls in the hard south – yo.

  52. ORIGINALK9 says: Jan 15, 2009 4:43 PM


  53. ronmexico says: Jan 15, 2009 9:36 PM

    “DJSlyBri says:
    January 15th, 2009 at 2:16 am
    As an Eagles fan, I must advise Jerry Jones that cutting Owens will have massive cap ramifications. Therefore, Jones must keep him on the team.
    As for “ronmexico” above, please. Keep living int he past. All I care about is “44-6″ in a “win and in” game. Aikman, Irvin, and Smith are ancient history. Accept it. ”
    Since you are a Philly fan, that REGULAR SEASON game is all that you WOULD care about. you’re a hypocrite, talking about how dallas hasn’t won a playoff game in 12 years, yet you get your panties in a bunch when i bring up history and let you know the beagles have never won a Super Bowl. Philly will NEVER be an elite franchise. The only fans that have a basis to talk are fans of the Packers, Steelers, and 49ers. As a Dallas fan, i truly respect the Steelers franchise and it looks like they are on their way to a 6th Lombardi trophy. But you as a Philly fan, have no room to talk. You take glory on a regular season game….pathetic. Philly is nowhere near even being the best NFL team in the state.

  54. andyreid says: Jan 15, 2009 11:21 PM


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