ESPN reports that even Jerry Jones has had it with Terrell Owens’ one-man sideshow, resulting in the Cowboys releasing the star wide receiver after a tumultuous three seasons in Dallas.
While cutting T.O. rids Dallas of mega-locker room drama — after exiting his first team, San Francisco, he insinuated in a Playboy interview that then-49ers QB Jeff Garcia was homosexual; claimed Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was soft while in Philadelphia; and reportedly feuded with fellow Cowboys receiver Jason Witten — it comes with a hefty salary cap hit to the tune of $9 million. But Owens caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games with the Cowboys and led the NFL with 13 TDs receiving in 2006, his first season in Dallas. Over his 13-year career, he’s a five-time All-Pro and ranks second in career touchdowns, fifth in career yards receiving and sixth in career receptions.
Falcons starting WR Roddy White hauled in 88 receptions for 7 TDs and 1,382 yards during the 2008 season. In Dallas, Owens posted 69 receptions for 10 TDs and 1,052 yards in 2008. White is 27; Owens is 35.
We’re just asking: Would you like to see Terrell Owens in an Atlanta Falcons uniform when the 2009 season starts? Or is he just too much of a locker room distraction for a team forging its identity behind a new young QB, Matt Ryan, and a WR (White) whose stats have steadily improved over his playing days?