Jones says Bledsoe returning to Dallas 'not realistic'

Updated: January 13, 2007, 12:46 PM ET
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Drew Bledsoe
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects to have veteran receivers Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens on the roster next season.

Drew Bledsoe is another story.

"Well, I don't know that he'll retire," Jones was quoted Friday on the Dallas Morning News Web site. "That would surprise me. But it's probably not realistic to think that we could work something out here."

Bledsoe has two strikes against him. He is due a $1 million roster bonus in March and likely will count about $7.5 million against the salary cap should he return. Plus, the Cowboys have a promising young quarterback in Tony Romo, who directed Dallas into the playoffs.

Bledsoe, a 14-year veteran out of Washington State, has said that he would not want to end his career as a backup.

Bledsoe had seven touchdowns and eight interceptions in six games before getting benched.