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Becoming more and more official by the minute.

http://www.cowboysplus.com/topstorync/stories/031806cpowens.369f6483.html

Sources: Cowboys, Owens have deal in principle

10:48 PM CST on Friday, March 17, 2006

By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News

IRVING -- The Cowboys have reached an agreement in principle with star receiver Terrell Owens, two sources said Friday night.

The sources said a formal announcement regarding the free-agent receiver is expected in the next few days.

Owner Jerry Jones and club spokesman Rich Dalrymple could not be reached for comment. Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, could not be reached for comment.

Owens, 32, spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and scored 20 touchdowns in 21 games. But the Eagles deactivated the 32-year-old receiver for the final nine games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team after he frequently criticized club officials and quarterback Donovan McNabb because he was unhappy with his contract.

Still, he finished the season with 47 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns.

Owens would give the Cowboys the type of dynamic receiver they have not had since a neck injury forced Michael Irvin to retire after the 1999 season. Until last season, Owens had caught at least 77 passes for at least 1,100 yards in each of the past five seasons and played in the Pro Bowl five of the past six seasons.

Dallas hasn’t had a Pro bowl receiver since Irvin in 1995 and has had just one 1,000-yard receiver since 2000.

The addition of Owens should help an offense that struggled to score touchdowns at times last season. Dallas failed to score more than 14 points in six games, losing each of them. With Owens in the lineup drawing double coverage, it should create more one-on-one opportunities for receiver Terry Glenn and tight end Jason Witten.

And with Owens occupying at least one safety that means one less defender in the running game that Julius Jones has to be concerned about, which should make him more productive.

Owens will be playing for his third team in four seasons because he be toxic within a locker room. He has feuded with his last two quarterback – Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb – and each had a Pro Bowl on his resume.

He has thrown sideline temper tantrums when he doesn’t think he’s getting the ball enough and they’ve been directed at coaches and teammates, but there has never been any question about his work ethic or production.

The Cowboys are betting that coach Bill Parcells can handle Owens and prevent him from becoming a problem in the locker room.

Owens problems in Philadelphia began when he wanted his seven-year, $49 million contract restructured after he caught 80 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns to help Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl in the first year of the deal.

Owens became Public Enemy No.1 to many Cowboys fans in 2000 when as a member of the San Francisco 49ers he sprinted to midfield and celebrated a touchdown on the star at Texas Stadium. In 2004, he turned in one of the finest performances by a receiver against the Cowboys when he caught six passes for 134 yards and touchdowns of 59, 27 and 16yards in a, 49-21, victory over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

E-mail jjtaylor@dallasnews.com

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Sad.

HeHateMe be prepared for some classic battles with Philly next season. Should be great.

:cheers:

I was talking to my close friend from law school last night.

He was born and raised in Philly and is the most diehard Eagles fan I've ever known.

Has season tickets, had them all his life, cried when Jerome died, listens to 610 religiously, owns a freakin Tre Thomas jersey of all players, etc...

Anywho, he said T.O.'s return game to Philly will be the most anticipated game in Philly ever for him.

We had a long conversation of how sick it will be; but suffice it to say, he said Eagles fans would be thier most relentless, most crazy, most everything when he comes back.

And for the record, that game in Philly will be on MNF. Probably season opener.

Here's to some great battles.

The NFCE just got that much better.

Again.

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I was talking to my close friend from law school last night.

He was born and raised in Philly and is the most diehard Eagles fan I've ever known.

Has season tickets, had them all his life, cried when Jerome died, listens to 610 religiously, owns a freakin Tre Thomas jersey of all players, etc...

Anywho, he said T.O.'s return game to Philly will be the most anticipated game in Philly ever for him.

We had a long conversation of how sick it will be; but suffice it to say, he said Eagles fans would be thier most relentless, most crazy, most everything when he comes back.

And for the record, that game in Philly will be on MNF. Probably season opener.

Here's to some great battles.

The NFCE just got that much better.

Again.

HeHateMe it should be rowdy as hell in Philly when TO returns. My only concern is who's going to show up to play?? Will TO be prepared to tear through Dawkins and Co? Or will the Philly D be fired up to knock the hell out of TO? We will see. Should be classic (hopefully).

One other factor is McNabb. How motivated will he be to go out and beat TO??

I can't wait. I miss football.

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HeHateMe it should be rowdy as hell in Philly when TO returns. My only concern is who's going to show up to play?? Will TO be prepared to tear through Dawkins and Co? Or will the Philly D be fired up to knock the hell out of TO? We will see. Should be classic (hopefully).

One other factor is McNabb. How motivated will he be to go out and beat TO??

I can't wait. I miss football.

It will be very interesting.

His first TD dance will be the most anticipated dance we've seen in a long while. :laugh:

But man, I cant believe we have to wait until August to see some live football action.

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It will be very interesting.

His first TD dance will be the most anticipated dance we've seen in a long while. :laugh:

But man, I cant believe we have to wait until August to see some live football action.

I wonder what his first TD dance will be? He'll probably make fun of McNabb or one of the guys he doesn't like on the team.

Just great. :rolleyes:

I cannot wait. At least I know I'll be going to this one. My grandpa is a season ticket holder and I know I wouldn't miss a Dallas/Philly game with TO for anything in the world.

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I wonder what his first TD dance will be? He'll probably make fun of McNabb or one of the guys he doesn't like on the team.

Just great. :rolleyes:

I cannot wait. At least I know I'll be going to this one. My grandpa is a season ticket holder and I know I wouldn't miss a Dallas/Philly game with TO for anything in the world.

Can you imagine how much those tickets will be going for?

Easily one of the most watched MNF games in a long while.

Tags and the NFL are salivating at the possibilites right now.

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I wonder what his first TD dance will be? He'll probably make fun of McNabb or one of the guys he doesn't like on the team.

Just great. :rolleyes:

I cannot wait. At least I know I'll be going to this one. My grandpa is a season ticket holder and I know I wouldn't miss a Dallas/Philly game with TO for anything in the world.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the NFL has to put this on MNF cuz it will be the most watched Monday Night game in history.

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I think with this signing the Skins and Boys have the best 2 teams in the NFC. It should be fun this season. :cheers:

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Can you imagine how much those tickets will be going for?

Easily one of the most watched MNF games in a long while.

Tags and the NFL are salivating at the possibilites right now.

Luckily I'm the heir apparent to some coveted Iggle season tix. :)

I'll be there. And as much as I miss T.O. He's the enemy now.

IGGLE NATION WILL BE OUT IN FULL EFFECT!!!

E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!!!!

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