Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the decision on the first day of training camp wasn't about an offseason dispute with Glenn over an injury waiver that kept him off the practice field. Jones said he wanted to clear the way for younger receivers to compete for the job opposite leading receiver Terrell Owens.
"That turned out not to be an issue," Jones said as his team wrapped up its first practice of training camp. "At the end of the day it had more to do with where we are right now ... all that might have impacted how we give our young players a chance in how we evaluate that position."
Jones didn't rule out Glenn's return if the 34-year-old clears waivers and the younger receivers struggle in camp.
"As we go down the road, we'll see where we are," Jones said. "When we really got to looking at it, we would want to limit what Terry does in the preseason. Then we're probably, with our situation, wanting to create the incentive for the receivers we've got."
Glenn missed all but the final game of the regular season last year after two surgeries on his right knee.
He didn't want to sign a waiver and receive just $500,000 of his $1.74 million base salary if he re-injured the knee and couldn't play. As a result, the Cowboys wouldn't let him go through offseason workouts.
Glenn had told ESPN's Ed Werder earlier Friday that he'd accepted the concept of signing a split contract with the Cowboys, but that Jones remained undecided on whether to bring the veteran receiver back under those terms.
Under those terms, the oft-injured receiver would not have been paid his entire $1.7 million salary should he have reinjured his right knee.
"Hopefully, this gets worked out. Jerry holds the key," Glenn told Werder.
Glenn had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Cowboys before his injury last year.
Messages left for Glenn's agent, James Gould, weren't immediately returned.
The Cowboys should also have a couple more rookies in camp on Saturday, though.
Werder reported the Cowboys have agreed to contract terms with their first-round draft choices, running back Felix Jones and cornerback Mike Jenkins. Both missed the team's first day of training camp on Friday.
Werder reports both Jones and Jenkins agreed to five-year contracts and that neither is expected to report to training camp in time for tomorrow's morning practice. The Cowboys also have an afternoon workout scheduled.
The Cowboys selected Jones with the 22nd overall pick, impressed by his 1,162 yards and 11 touchdowns backing up Darren McFadden last season for Arkansas. Jenkins, the 25th overall pick, intercepted three passes last season for South Florida and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.