Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will pick up Terrell Owens’ $3 million roster bonus in March, meaning the big-play wide receiver will return in 2008. Owens is signed through next season, which is the final year of a three-year, $25 million contract.
Owens set a club record with 15 touchdown receptions. He finished with 81 receptions for a team-leading 1,355 yards.
Jones, who is attending the Senior Bowl workouts this week in Mobile, Ala., also said he will talk to wide receiver Terry Glenn soon to determine his status for next season.
The Cowboys have arrived at the Senior Bowl to scout the workouts. But they will also be in the process of identifying new assistants for the expected openings on staff.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips and the rest of his coaching staff -- minus secondary coach Todd Bowles, linebacker coach Paul Pasqualoni and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers -- are here in Mobile, Ala. Those three assistants did not sign contract extensions with Cowboys and are expected to soon bolt to Miami with Tony Sparano.
Word is Sparano and Bill Parcells will not be in Mobile, likely staying back in Miami to put the new staff together.
Here are some tidbits from the first day, watching the South practice at Fairhope Municipal Stadium among the mass of NFL assistants.
- Ex-Cowboys offensive lineman Erik Williams attended the South practice. He is living in Delaware and helping a buddy agent of his by coaching his new clients. Also, former Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett (an Alabama native) was hanging out at the Senior Bowl hotel headquarters.
- Odd seeing former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer sporting a Bengal cap. He is the Bengals new defensive coordinator.
- Spotted Cowboys scout Tom Ciskowski, now the lead man after Jeff Ireland is in Miami, keeping a close eye on the South cornerbacks. That position expects to be one of the Cowboys' draft needs.
- Texas receiver Limas Sweed was being interviewed after practice by Cleveland Browns scout Paul Warfield, the former Hall of Fame receiver. It was apparent Sweed didn't realize the greatness of this moment as a fellow receiver. Pretty sure he had no idea who Warfield was.
- The two coaching staffs for the Senior Bowl are San Francisco and Oakland. Watching 49ers assistant Mike Singletary, who interviewed for the Cowboys head coaching position last year, coach linebackers is a treat. He has a commanding presence when he's teaching.
Today is decision day for three Cowboys assistants — linebackers coach Paul Pasqualoni, defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers and secondary coach Todd Bowles.
The three have been offered contract extensions by the Cowboys, but according to a source, they also have been offered jobs on former Dallas offensive line coach Tony Sparano’s staff in Miami.
Sparano, hired last week as the Dolphins’ head coach, has asked Pasqualoni to be his defensive coordinator. The Dolphins offered Bowles the position of assistant head coach/secondary and offered Rogers the same position he held with the Cowboys.
The coaches are expected to give Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a decision before the staff and scouting personnel head to Mobile, Ala., this afternoon for the Senior Bowl.
If any of the coaches choose to join the Dolphins, the Cowboys will likely use this week at the Senior Bowl to identify and interview replacements.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is not bothered by new assistant head coach/offensive coodinator Jason Garrett's huge pay increase. Garrett is now the highest paid assistant in the NFL and is believed to be making about the same amount of money -- $3 million -- that Phillips is making.
``If you know me, you know that it doesn't bother me at all,'' Phillips said Friday. ``I'm happy for my coaches when they get a raise. I want all my assistant coaches to make all they can.''
Cowboys new offensive line coach Hudson Houck is back at Valley Ranch. He was officially introduced during a press conference at Valley Ranch on Friday. Houck replaces Tony Sparano, now the Miami Dolphins head coach. Maybe they will give Houck his old desk back.
Houck is ready to restore some of those glory days he had during his first stint in Dallas from 1993-2001 when he was part of two Super Bowl teams. Houck showed up Friday with a blue dress shirt, blue tie and a blue sports coat. He was also wearing his huge Super Bowl XXVIII ring from his first year with the Cowboys.
Houck, who coached with Wade Phillips in San Diego, spent the last three years in Miami and coached one year with Jason Garrett. So the 65-year-old Houck, who said he was not thinking about retiring, leaves behind a 1-15 team for the 13-3 Cowboys with three Pro Bowl offensive linemen.
Talk about landing on your feet.
``If you are a competitor at all, then you want to come back and re-do and show people you are better than that,'' Houck said. ``That's certainly how I feel about it.''
Houck has impressive history from his Dallas days. He produced six Pro Bowl linemen -- Larry Allen, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski, Erik Williams, Mark Tuinei and Ray Donaldson. He also coached left tackle Flozell Adams, who is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Cowboys secondary coach Todd Bowles remains under contract with the team until next Tuesday and was at Valley Ranch on Thursday. Bowles is talking with the Cowboys and hopes to make a decision by Sunday on his plans.
All indications point to him joining new Miami coach Tony Sparano as the Dolphins assistant head coach. Bowles can't sign with the Dolphins until Tuesday. Dallas would likely fill Bowles' job on the staff rather than giving the duties to defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, a former secondary coach in San Diego.
Cowboys linebackers coach Paul Pasqualoni is also being linked to Miami as its new defensive coordinator along with defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers.
Hudson Houck preferred not to comment about possibly returning to the team he was the offensive line coach for in the '90s. He is expected to be named the team's next offensive line coach, probably in the next couple of days. The only thing he'd say was, "There are some things in the works." Take that to mean whatever you want, but one NFL source said that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones contacted Houck shortly after it was learned that Tony Sparano would leave to accept the head coaching position with the Dolphins. Houck also said he thought something would be out in the next couple of days, but did not comment specifically about the Cowboys. Houck was the Cowboys offensive line coach from 1993 to '01. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said he thought something would be done about this position quickly.
The Baltimore Ravens just issued this press release/statement regarding their search for a head coach:
"We did negotiate with Jason Garrett to become our head coach. In the end, he decided to stay in Dallas. We’re continuing our second round of interviews. We’re excited with the candidates, and we’re confident we will select the best head coach for the Ravens.”
After being offered two head coaching positions, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is deciding to stay put with the team.
According to an NFL source, Garrett has made his decision and passed on both the head coaching offers made by the Ravens and Falcons.
It was becoming fairly obvious after he left Baltimore for a second interview on that he would not take that position. The same with Atlanta; a coach normally doesn't leave a place hurriedly if he intends to accept the job.
It's believed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a lucrative offer to keep Garrett; as to whether or not he guaranteed Garrett will be the Cowboys next head coach is uncertain. It would be a violation of league rules, but under-the-table deals are seldom public knowledge.