Jones seeks quick end to Eagles tampering complaint

Updated: November 29, 2005, 3:31 AM ET
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is hoping for a quick resolution to tampering charges brought against the team by the Philadelphia Eagles over comments he made about suspended Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
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47 763 6 16.2 91 337
"I was surprised about the charges," Jones told the Dallas Morning News for Tuesday editions. "I'm sorry if I hurt their feelings. I was very careful in my comments not to get involved in tampering. I supported their stance in the hearing, and I was pleased with the results. I wouldn't have wanted the outcome to be any different."

The Eagles filed a tampering complaint against the Cowboys after Jones suggested on a radio show that his team is often interested in players such as Owens.

Jones said the Cowboys will send a transcript of his comments on his weekly radio show to the league office in the interest of resolving the tampering claim quickly.

"In general, I am a risk-taker. We've gone down that road," Jones said when asked if the Cowboys might be interested in Owens. "I probably have a propensity to try and make things work. ... A top receiver could flourish with Drew Bledsoe. That's always appealing."

NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed Sunday the Eagles filed the complaint over Jones' remark and said "the matter is under review."

Owens was suspended for four games by the Eagles on Nov. 5 for criticizing quarterback Donovan McNabb, fighting with team "ambassador" Hugh Douglas and other actions deemed detrimental to the team. Last Tuesday, the suspension was upheld by an arbitrator.

After the suspension ends, the Eagles are expected to deactivate Owens for the rest of the season. He is expected to be traded or released for next season.

NFL bylaws prohibit "any interference by a member club with the employer-employee relationship of another club or any attempt by a club to impermissibly induce a person to seek employment with that club or with the NFL."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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