So how do the players Terrell Owens leaves behind feel about the news he's been released?
"Ding-dong, the &*&%% is dead!"
One Cowboy who agreed to share his take if his name was kept out of it, said in an email, "This team was one blow up away from complete implosion. This will help Wade gain some moderate control of the team since 81 and his ego are gone but it's a long way from a complete solution. I think it will help the team and I'm excited to be without the T.O. drama for next season."
And, even though the players are scattered to the winds at this time of year, the Cowboy believed many will feel the same.
Cowboys have inked a new defensive end. San Diego Chargers free agent Igor Olshansky signed a four-year, $18 million deal with the team on Friday and is expected to take over the void left by Chris Canty.Olshansky started his first five years in San Diego and played for Wade Phillips. He started 70 of 75 regular season games in San Diego.
Olshansky spent the past two days visiting the Cowboys.
The Cowboys just released a comment from Wade Phillips on Terrell Owens' release....
"I enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Terrell Owens, and I appreciate his contributions to our team over the past two years. In our time together, I saw one of the more productive and explosive players in the NFL at the receiver position. I think that when his playing days come to an end he will have compiled a career that is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
We’re now ready to move on and this decision will open the door for other younger players on our team to step up. That process will begin here in a few weeks with the start of the off-season program."
Terrell Owens' agent predicts the well-traveled receiver will find a new team by the end of next week, according to The Associated Press.
Owens is back on the market after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.
"There are several teams that are interested in signing Terrell," agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote in a text message Friday to The Associated Press.
"I have been in negotiations with these teams. I will not identify these teams at this time. Terrell and I expect to have a deal in place by the end of next week if not sooner."
OK. Meanwhile, New Orleans Saints coach and former Cowboys offensive coordinator Sean Payton told a New Orleans radio station "I hear all this talk out there about T.O., let's put a stop to all this business" that the Saints would be interested. "Certainly he is explosive, but he was also second in the league in drops ... [33 over the last three years]."
Says ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck, " As a quarterback in the NFL, I wouldn't want him anywhere near my football team." No word from his wife Elisabeth, part of "The View."
Newspaper columnists and NFL executives practically tripped over themselves Thursday saying that the toxic baggage carried by Terrell Owens was not welcome in their back yard.
Newsday reported that the New York Giants had "zero" interest in talking to Owens, according to a league source familiar with the team's situation.
The Washington Redskins were the early favorite Thursday to provide a soft landing for T.O., based partly on his agent Drew Rosenhaus' cozy past dealings with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder
But, "[Owens's representatives] called us three years ago before he went to Dallas, and we didn't have interest then," Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato told Redskins.com. "Why would we have interest when he's three years older now? We have no interest."
Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Morrisey went out on a limb to campaign for T.O. to join a Chicago Bears team on which "receiver" draws blank looks, but there was an opposing viewpoint. Dan Pompei wrote,"Should they bite that apple? Not unless they like the taste of worms."
T.O. has burned bridges from the redwood forest to the New York island. Baltimore? Head coach John Harbaugh is a former Eagles assistant. Kansas City? New GM Scott Pioli is Bill Parcells' son-in-law, and new coach Todd Haley and T.O. would go WWE on the sideline.
Minnesota? Brad Childress says nice things, but he was in Philadelphia, too.
Do you think anyone could handle T.O., lay down a Randy Moss-type law and insist T.O. shut up and follow? Is it worth it? What would you do?
Veteran kicker Matt Stover, the pride of Lake Highlands High School who scored the final point at Texas Stadium, says he's no longer in the Baltimore Ravens' plans.
Stover said Thursday night that when he approached team officials Monday to tell them about a free-agent offer from the New York Jets, he said the Ravens responded by telling the 41-year-old kicker that they are “going in a different direction.”
But the Jets re-signed Jay Feely, a close friend of Stover's.
That leaves Stover without a kicking job for next season. In 18 NFL seasons, Stover has made 462 of 552 field goals and hit 558 of 561 career extra points.
He tacked on the extra point in the Ravens' 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 29 in the Texas Stadium farewell game.