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Well Dallas finally did it. Jerry Jones is finally growing a set as it appears. Thursday May 4th the Dallas Cowboys would finally part with wide receiver Terrell Owens. This move may not be completely smart in a football sense seeing that Owens is still one of the most productive players at the position. He is the only wide receiver to catch for ten or more touchdowns in each of the past three seasons. No other receiver in the league can say that. He is still a very good player in that regard, and he can really help a team next season. That team will be the Buffalo Bills, who signed Owens today to a one-year contract worth $6.5 million with a $4 million signing bonus, just two days after he was released by Dallas.1

    I feel bittersweet about this whole situation because Owens was one of the only players in Dallas who truly gave his all on every play, even though he dropped quite a few passes. He played with a lot of heart and was one of the more consistent players on the field. In the Cowboys situation this was the right move considering all the big time egos they have in the locker room. Make no mistake, the Cowboys got rid of a problem, but this wasn't the only problem they have, and surely wasn't the biggest one coming into the 2009-2010 season.

    Another major issue this team needs to take care of is at quarterback. Tony Romo needs to win, and he needs to do it now. He hasn't won a playoff game with all the great talent around him. If Romo has another season with a miserable ending next year, the Cowboys need to start thinking about if Romo is the guy. The Cowboys did however sign Jon Kitna to a one-year $2.95 million contract.2 He will be backing Romo up just in case Tony gets hurt again this season. This was a pretty smart move considering Kitna did throw for 4,068 yards in 2007 and has a pretty solid relationship with the Cowboys new number one receiver Roy Williams.

    The last major problem that Dallas is facing isn't in the locker room, it's on the sideline. A lot of people I have talked to about the Cowboys issue believe the biggest issue of all is their head coach Wade Phillips. He just isn't the guy. He is soft on his players and doesn't demand a lot of respect from his guys. Make no mistake, Wade Philips is a great defensive coordinator and has some great years in San Diego and Atlanta, but he just isn't getting the job done in Big-D. I would expect him to be fired at seasons end if they don't get something done and done soon. This is a team that is loaded with talent and it needs to translate into wins. With the NFL Draft coming up, the Cowboys have to worry about replacing Terrell Owens and safety Roy Williams, who they recently released.3 The Dallas Cowboys also recently signed veteran linebacker Keith Brooking to a three-year contract that is worth about $6 million with $2.5 million guaranteed. Keith Brooking has a history with Wade Phillips when he played under then defensive coordinator Wade Phillips in Atlanta during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.4

    The Cowboys have their work cut out for them, but to say that the problems are gone because of the release of Terrell Owens is not fair and simply not true. Dallas has issues, and they can be fixed, some with hard work and putting things together right and others with hard decisions and letting go of dead-weight. Regardless of what goes down this offseason, the Cowboys have some serious football to play, and they don't have time to point fingers.

 

Notes

1.NEW YORK (Reuters) Terrell Owens to join Buffalo Bills, http://www.Reuters.com/article/newsOne/isUSTRE52706020090308

2. The Dallas Morning News by BRIAN DAVIS Jon Kitna expects to fill roll for Dallas, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/030309dnspocowlede.3155479.html

3.The Dallas Morning News By BRIAN DAVIS Dallas Cowboys release safety Roy Williams, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/030609dnsporoywilliams.62144b2.htm

4.The Dallas Morning News by CALVIN WATKINS Brooking signs with Dallas Cowboys, excited over new chapter, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/030109dnspocowbrooking.40d3ebc.html

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