That doesn’t necessarily mean the Cowboys believe that the 38-year-old Owens’ days as a productive receiver are done.
Coach Jason Garrett, whose strained relationship with Owens toward the end of T.O.’s three-year tenure in Dallas has been well chronicled, had nothing but complimentary things to say when asked about Owens signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.
“I wish him well,” Garrett said. “Terrell’s a great football player. He’s going to go down as one of the all-time greats to ever play his position. He has a passion for playing. We know that because we were around him, saw how he practiced, how he played.
“I wish him nothing but the best. He’ll help their football team.”
The Seahawks are Owens’ third team since he was released by the Cowboys a year after signing a four-year contract extension that included $13 million of guaranteed money. Owens didn’t play in the NFL last season, failing to get any feelers after recovering from offseason knee surgery, but had a solid 2010 season for the Cincinnati Bengals, catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
Owens was extremely productive for the Cowboys (235 catches for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns in three seasons), but his time in Dallas will be best remembered for leading a receiver revolt against Garrett, Tony Romo and Jason Witten in the final month of his tenure.
“Good luck,” Witten said without sarcasm when asked whether he had any advice for Owens’ new teammates. “Hey, man, he’s a Hall of Fame player. He’s phenomenal at what he did in his career. I mean, there’s no doubt physically he’s got the ability at that age. He’s always been a rare athlete. There’s no doubt about that.”
There is also no doubt that T.O. will dominate the storyline in Week 2, when the Cowboys visit Seattle, assuming he makes the Seahawks’ roster.