Owens says he was blindsided by Cowboys' move

March 29, 2009 at 1:05 a.m.
Updated March 28, 2009 at 10:29 p.m.

By Calvin Watkins

The Dallas Morning News


ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he read Terrell Owens' comments that suggested someone changed Jones' mind about keeping the wide receiver.

Jones, speaking to reporters Saturday afternoon inside the Cowboys new stadium, didn't want to get into specifics about Owens.

"I don't have anything to say, but we have a great relationship," Jones said. "I'm sorry we didn't get this year in on the contract, but I don't have any pointed comment to what he said that there were people within the organization that didn't want him here. I read the substance of (the comments). Bottom line is I don't really have any comments."

Jones normally speaks with many people in the organization before making a personnel decision.

Jones said he talked to the offensive coaches, scouts and front-office personnel regarding Owens and there was some support to keep the wide receiver, which made the decision harder.

"I know wholeheartedly (Jerry Jones) wanted me there," Owens said in a television interview with Rogers SportsNet that will air Sunday. "There were some people I know who got in his ear that pressured him to make that decision. For that, it's sad. You let two or three people conspire to get me out of the situation."

Owens also said he was blindsided by the move.

Jones said the decision to release Owens was based on giving Roy Williams a chance to flourish as the No. 1 receiving threat and to develop the younger receivers.

"It was one (decision) I hadn't made up until right about the time we announced it," Jones said.

Prime time at home: Jones said the first two regular-season home games at the Cowboys new stadium will be in prime time.

The Cowboys' season opener will be at Denver, according to a source.


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