Owens: Get Your Popcorn Ready

IRVING, TX. - The Dallas Cowboys officially announced the signing of unrestricted free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens Saturday.

The announcement was made official during a press conference held at team headquarters in Valley Ranch Saturday afternoon.

"We are here to announce that the Dallas Cowboys and Terrell Owens have reached a three-year agreement for him to be our wide receiver," said owner Jerry Jones. "It was important to me, that if you make the commitment it says something. I wanted to make that here. I didn't want this to be a trial and error thing. The more we've looked at this, what he brings to a team is really going to be a positive thing. Not a negative thing.

Owens, of course, arrives in Dallas with great controversy.

The former San Francisco 49er and Philadelphia Eagle has made the Pro Bowl in five of the last six seasons, but he also has a track record being nothing short of a "bad apple" in the locker room.

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  • Owens said Saturday that he has put the past behind him and intends to do everything in his power to put the Cowboys back on top in the National Football League.

    "I couldn't be more elated to be here," said Owens in his opening statement. "I couldn't be more happier. I want to thank Jerry Jones for giving me the opportunity to be here. I'm looking forward to the chance to get with Parcells so we can get to know each other better.

    "My main focus is to win ball games and do what I need to do to help us win a championship."

    Owens agent, Drew Rosenhaus, another controversial figure through this whole ordeal, said that many teams were "interested" in acquiring Owens since his release Wednesday. "There were many teams interested in signing Terrell," said Rosenhaus. "There were a lot of teams interested but this was the only team for Terrell. This was a match made in heaven."

    Rosenhaus later said, "Seven teams aggressively pursued Terrell Owens. There were a lot of teams that were ready to pay him top dollar."

    Owens also made a point to ease any concerns about past events, including his stunt in 2000 when he posed on the Cowboys star after scoring a touchdown as a 49er.

    "My signing here with the Cowboys here is history," he said. "Playing with San Francisco and Philadelphia, we wanted to beat you guys. I know alot of people are going to hit me with (questions about) the star. I meant no disrespect."

    Not surprisingly, both Owens and Jerry Jones were extremely positive regarding the signing. "This may really work, and really work great for the Dallas Cowboys," he said.

    Owens added, speaking directly to the fans at the time, "I'm looking forward to the upcoming season, so get your popcorn ready. It's going to be a show."

    The three-year deal, worth $25 million according to one source, includes an $11 million bonus which will be spread out over length of the contract.

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