“Jerry’s a great guy,” Owens said. “Obviously, he gave me an opportunity in 2006 and I had a great three years there with the Cowboys. That’s the type of guy Jerry is. It goes beyond just the football relationship. I think he’s done that not only with myself, he’s done that with a number of his players. You think about the Troy [Aikamn]s, the Emmitt [Smith]s the Michael [Irvin]s, Charles Haley.
“These relationships continue to go on even when football stops. So I think that’s what’s most notable and admirable about Jerry.”
Jones said he’d be happy to help Owens, so long as everyone knew it wasn’t a job offer.
Owens also said he doesn’t care how a team wants to label him, and would be willing to compete for a backup job.
“My numbers speak for themselves,” Owens said. “It’s not a matter of performance, I think everyone saw that my last year in Cincinnati. Once I get on the field I play football. Everything else is out the window.”
In 2010, Owens caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with the Bengals. Last year, he didn’t play while recovering from a torn ACL.