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March 28, 2009

Owens felt betrayed by Jones

 When the Cowboys shockingly released petulant receiver Terrell Owens a few weeks ago, he took the high road.

Owens thanked owner Jerry Jones and the Cowboys for the opportunity to play in Dallas in a statement on his website.

But of course, you knew the more Owens talked about the subject, his true feelings would come to light.

According to sources, Owens was shocked and felt betrayed when Jones and son Stephen Jones flew to Miami to deliver the news to him in person.

During an interview with a Canadian television station Rogers Sportsnet to be aired Sunday night, Owens admitted as much.

"You hear all the speculation, and you talk to the owner of the team, and he reassures you, you're not going anywhere and then, out of left-field … you get blindsided," Owens said.

Owens, 35, who signed with the Buffalo Bills just three days after being released by the Cowboys, even inferred that Stephen Jones was behind his ouster.

"I know whole-heartedly he [Jerry Jones] wanted me there," Owens said. "There were some people I know who got in his ear that pressured him to make that decision. For that, it's sad. You let two or three people conspire to get me out of the situation."

According to Jerry Jones, the Cowboys made the decision because of Owens' age, declining produciton and because they wanted to make Roy Williams the teams No. 1 receiver.
Owens caught 69 passes for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
 Jones also admitted that getting rid of Owens would help Tony Rome become a better quarterback.
It's well chronicled that  Owens and Romo didn't get along. Owens also had run ins with tight end Jason Witten and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
Jones said, "Since we want to do everything we can to have Romo play his best, and since I made the decision to release Terrell, I must've thought it gives Tony a better chance to play to the optimum for the Cowboys."
Asked why he signed so quickly with Buffalo, Owens said it was because they showed the most interest.

"Why not?" Owens said. "They were really after me, they wanted me, despite everything that had been said negatively about me. It was a no-brainer."


Clarence E. Hill Jr.


 

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For once I agree with Owens. He said the Bills' signing him was a "no brainer." I think that would be defined as a double entendre.

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