IRVING, Texas -- Jerry Jones still has a soft spot in his heart for Terrell Owens, if not a spot on the Cowboys' roster.
T.O. is unemployed after being unceremoniously dumped by the Indoor Football League's Allen Wranglers but still hopes to get another shot in the NFL. Jones would be happy to give some advice to the receiver he released after the 2008 season if Owens wants it.
"First of all, he really can reach out to me at any time, because I consider him a friend," said Jones, who last talked to T.O. while diagramming the receiver's release on a white tablecloth with the reality show cameras rolling. "We would feel good if he reached out. I think that he really, without having first-hand knowledge of what kind of physical condition he is in, I know he has the right stuff and could help someone.
"I have actually looked at some of the things he did last year. He has the ability to be quite a threat as a receiver. I would advise him if that he still has got the heart –- and he does -- to continue to try to get on with an NFL team."
T.O.'s ability has never been in question. It certainly wasn't the reason the Cowboys cut him after the best statistical three-year stretch by a receiver in franchise history. It's not the reason no NFL team has given him a call since he had 983 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bengals in 2010.
A reputation as a team-wrecker can be a career killer, even for a receiver whose production pales in comparison to only Jerry Rice.
Just like, no matter how Jerry spins it, the Cowboys' army of unproven young receivers isn't the reason there isn't room at Valley Ranch for T.O.
And there definitely isn't room for Jerry's old pal around these parts.
"Again, we are not planning on doing anything at receiver," Jones said.