This is a glorious day, the Cowboys have cut Terrell Owens…
…and now the question is which team is stupid enough to sign him. I vote the Bears, just for my personal entertainment purposes. Thoughts?
Let us first ponder the past repercussions of T.O.’s scortched Earth policy when it comes to teams that pay him handsomely.
San Francisco 49ers (1996-2003)
From 1996-2002 San Francisco made the playoffs five times. During his final season, tensions between Owens and quarterback Jeff Garcia boiled over and the team finished 7-9. T.O. was shipped to Philadelphia that offseason.
Since dumping Owens the 49ers have gone: 2-14, 4-12, 7-9, 5-11 and 7-9, and haven’t reached the playoffs.
With Owens the 49ers winning percentage (including the playoffs) was 58.4. Since his departure it’s 33.3. Ouch. T.O.’s artistry in San Francisco ranks up there with Czar Alexander I’s work against Napoleon. Nicely done.
Philadelphia Eagles (2004-05)
Things were going great for the Eagles and T.O. as they reached the Super Bowl in his first season with the team. Then, that offseason, he demanded a new contract and insulted the organization and his quarterback before being suspended in 2005 and released following the season.
With T.O. the Eagles went 13-3 in 2004, reaching the Super Bowl where they lost to the Patriots 24-21.
In 2005 with Owens running his mouth or sitting on the sidelines for most of the season, the Eagles went 6-10.
Following his release, in 2006, Philadelphia reached the playoffs at 10-6. In 2007 the Eagles were 8-8 and this past season they went 9-6-1 and lost to the Cardinals in the NFC title game.
With T.O. the Eagles won 60 percent of their games. Since his departure they’re at 56.6.
Dallas Cowboys (2006-08)
Since signing a three-year, $25 million contract with Dallas in March of 2006, Owens has had a rocky time in Big D. When on the field – especially in 2007 – T.O. performed incredibly well. But he hasn’t been able to help himself from pissing virtually everyone off.
In 2006 the Cowboys went 9-7 and lost in the Wildcard round to the Seahawks. In 2007 they went 13-3 and dropped their Divisional round game to the Giants. This past season, promises of a Super Bowl were ringing out but Dallas fell flat, finishing 9-7 and missing the playoffs.
With T.O. the Cowboys had a 62 percent winning percentage.
So where will they go from here? Will they fall the hardest of all his former teams or land softly?
And who will be dumb enought to take on Owens and the ridiculous train of baggage he’s sure to bring with him?