Terrell Owens Released by Dallas Cowboys: Addition by Subtraction?

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Terrell Owens Released by Dallas Cowboys: Addition by Subtraction?

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly released wide receiver Terrell Owens. Should we be surprised? After all, look at all the controversy centered around Owens last season. He reportedly had problems with quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

The Cowboys were one of the most talented teams in the league last season, but they struggled to finish 9-7 and missed the playoffs. On a roster loaded with stars, the team was missing one important ingredient to success -- team chemistry.

Am I surprised by the move? Not at all, but I am a bit surprised by the timing of it. Dallas will take a roughly $9 million salary cap hit with the release of Owens.

At 35-years old, Owens is clearly at that point in a receiver's career where his productivity will start to decline. It already started last season. And Owens is not the type of guy who will put the blame on himself. Instead, he will lash out at his quarterback and coaches. Sound familiar? And it will only get worse as time goes by and Owens' numbers continue to fall.

This may sound funny when we're talking about cutting a player with the talent of a Terrell Owens, but I actually think Dallas will be a better team without him. The Cowboys are certainly not lacking in offensive talent. Roy Williams is a bonafide #1 receiver, Romo is a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback, Witten is among the best tight ends in the game, the Cowboys are three-deep at running back, and the offensive line is a talented group. At least now there will be enough footballs to go around.

It's clearly addition by subtraction.

  • A whole offseason with Dallas will do wonders for Roy. There's no question he's a top receiver and he'll also benefit greatly with T.O. out of the picture.

  • The Cowboys are without question a better team today than they were yesterday.

    Now will the real Roy Williams please stand up...

  • Totally agree about Dallas being better off without him. Now Roy Williams will emerge as one of the top WR's in the league, with that cancer TO being gone. GREAT MOVE by Dallas IMO.

  • I'm sure Al Davis will take a shot with Owens. Can you see T.O. being happy with a still-developing JaMarcus Russell as his quarterback? He wasn't even happy for very long when he had Pro Bowl QB's throwing to him!