Reports: T.O. has agreement in principle with Cowboys

Updated: March 18, 2006, 2:00 PM ET
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Terrell Owens may have found his home on the range.

Wide Receiver
Philadelphia Eagles

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
47 763 6 16.2 91 337

The talented and volatile wide receiver, unwanted in Philadephia after a season-long squabble with management and quarterback Donovan McNabb, has reached an agreement in principle with the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing two unnamed sources.

The sources told the Morning News a formal announcement was expected in the next few days. No terms of the agreement were reported.

The Cowboys called an afternoon news conference Saturday at team headquarters, but wouldn't say what it was about.

The Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported Saturday that the sides had reached an agreement on contract terms also. "It's headed in that direction," a team official, who requested anonymity because the contract wasn't finished, told The Associated Press.

The Morning News said it could not reach team owner Jerry Jones, club spokesman Rich Dalrymple or Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, for comment.

A five-time Pro Bowl receiver, Owens has 716 catches for 10,535 yards and 103 touchdowns, including two rushing scores, in 10 seasons in the NFL.

The Cowboys released Keyshawn Johnson on Tuesday, a move many saw as clearing the way for Owens to come to Dallas -- one of the Eagles' most bitter NFL rivals.

Eric Allen on T.O. signing
 Eric Allen
Allen
The Cowboys' signing of T.O. is a great move for both parties.

It's a great move for the Cowboys because it gets them one step closer to becoming a Super Bowl contender. Say what you will about his attitude and off field actions, but Owens is a superstar receiver who gives his all on the field every play. He's a tremendous talent who makes things much easier for his teammates because opposing defenses must key in on him to stop him from completely dominating the game.

To read Eric Allen's full column on the T.O. signing, click here.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

The Eagles released the exiled Owens on Tuesday, ending a stormy two-year relationship with the wide receiver that began with Super Bowl dreams and ended in bitter discord.

Owens was due a $5 million roster bonus on Wednesday, so the Eagles had to cut him or trade him before then to avoid paying him the money.

The move was a formality because Owens was kicked off the team in November following a series of incidents and infractions, including repeated criticism of McNabb.

The Eagles gave Owens and Rosenhaus permission to talk with other teams in January. The former All-Pro met with the Denver Broncos, while the Miami Dolphins were said to be interested and the Chiefs said they would consider giving Owens a one-year, incentive-laden deal.

Owens helped the Eagles reach the Super Bowl in his first season in Philadelphia, but his problems started when he demanded a new contract just one year into a seven-year, $48.97 million deal.

He criticized management, feuded with McNabb, violated team policies and eventually was banished seven games into last season. An arbitrator upheld the Eagles' decision to suspend Owens without pay for four games and deactivate him the final five games.

Owens came to the Eagles after eight often controversial seasons in San Francisco with a reputation for being a playmaker. However, his selfish behavior and flamboyant touchdown celebrations often overshadowed his performance on the field.

Ironically, one of the most memorable of those celebrations came at Texas Stadium, wher Owens, then with the 49ers, twice ran to the center of the field after touchdowns to celebrate on its iconic center star. The second time, he was tackled by the Cowboys' George Teague and a fracas ensued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.