"I am just hoping his retirement brings promise to what the team has to offer," said Owens, who is in Miami recovering from surgery on his right index finger. "This past year was a big letdown. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level.
"Sometimes change is good," Owens said. "I think it was needed."
Regarding his surgically repaired finger, Owens said he is well ahead of schedule. A second phase of the surgery is to be performed sometime in the next six weeks.
Owens hasn't been back to Dallas since the end of the season. He said he will be ready to play in 2007.
The Cowboys must decide if they want him back. Owner Jerry Jones said he wants Owens to return, but the new coach might make the decision. Owens is due a $3 million roster bonus in June.
Horn, who is set to earn $4.45 million in base salary in 2007 and is under contract through 2010, missed the final four regular-season games and two playoff games with a groin injury that sidelined him for two earlier games.
Horn, 35, also missed three games in 2005 with a hamstring injury. He caught just 49 passes in 2005 and 37 in ‘06 after averaging 87.4 catches per season in his first five years with the Saints.
"Can I still play at a Pro Bowl level? Yes, the film don't lie," Horn said. "My receiver coach knows what I can do, and I know coach (Sean) Payton knows what I can do.
"But I won't be surprised if my agent got a phone call or I got a phone call and they told me they were going in a different direction. Then I'd clear out my locker, I'd say farewell to the fans here that I love dearly and they love me, and I'd put on another helmet."
Although it was admirable Walker held up throughout the year, he was as culpable as anyone else for the 72 sacks the Raiders line surrendered in 2006.
If, as rumored, a team is willing to make Walker a large offer, don't look for the Raiders to go out of their way to attempt to keep him.