Cowboys release T.O.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys officially released embattled receiver Terrell (TER'-el) Owens.

The move ends a three-year run that produced as many big headlines as big plays.

The Alexander City, Ala., native released a statement on his Web site thanking owner Jerry Jones, coach Wade Phillips and the organization "for the opportunity to be a member of the team for the past three years."

Owens also thanked the fans and said he looked forward "to the upcoming season and continuing to play in the NFL."

Owens caught more touchdown passes than any NFL receiver over the last three years and was a big part of Tony Romo's emergence as a quarterback.

Yet the Cowboys never won a playoff game in those three years, and didn't even make the playoffs this past season.

Jones says cutting Owens was a decision made based upon consideration for an entire team.

Dallas yesterday also released safety Roy Williams.

Cutting the pair will cost the Cowboys about $14 million against the salary cap.


Owens' agent says he expects the well-traveled receiver to find a new team by the end of next week.

Agent Drew Rosehaus said today "there are several teams that are interested in signing Terrell." He declined to name the teams.

Owens is among the NFL's career leaders in catches, yards and touchdowns. because of his personality.

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