'Boys release Terrell Owens

It had been speculated for weeks on TheRanchReport.com and finally it has happened.

Confirming what TheRanchReport.com wrote on Feb. 26, the Dallas Cowboys have parted ways with controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens.

Since his arrival in Dallas three years ago, Owens has been as productive as any wide receiver in the National Football League. In three years, he caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in 47 games.

The Cowboys were also one of the best teams in the league, at times, recording a 31-17 in his three seasons, but they were 0-2 in the playoffs.

In addition, a strained relationship with QB Tony Romo, not to mention a public feud with TE Jason Witten, slowly started creating more problems than the team can handle.

One source close to the team told The Ranch Report in late February, "The only players that want him back are some of the wide receivers- and those are mostly the backup guys."

Of course, controversy is nothing new to Owens.

With his previous two teams he had a falling out with two of his starting quarterbacks in Jeff Garcia (San Francisco) and Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), not to mention several assistant coaches/coordinators.

His first year in Dallas was relatively quiet and after a strong second season that saw him catch 15 touchdowns, most in the organization were able to look past team chemistry rumors as well as other issues.

But since then, things changed.

The Cowboys were thought of as the most talented team in the league this past season but they failed to make the playoffs as the team unraveled down the stretch.

Owens was thought to play a significant role in that unraveling tensions in the locker room grew between him and a plethora of players- including Romo and Witten.

Sure there were other issues that played a major factor in Dallas missing the postseason, but obviously the lack of togetherness with many of the key players was just as big.

And now, Terrell Owens is no longer a Dallas Cowboy.

Dallas paid Owens a $12 million signing bonus last year, included in a new four-year, $34 million deal.

Now the Cowboys will take a roughly an $8.5 million salary cap hit with his release.

CowboysHQ Top Stories