The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement in principle with star wide receiver Terrell Owens, the Dallas Morning News reported in today's editions.
Citing two sources, the newspaper said a formal announcement regarding the free agent receiver is expected in the next few days. Owner Jerry Jones and club spokesman Rich Dalrymple could not be reached for comment. Owens's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also could not be reached.
Owens, 32, spent the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and scored 20 touchdowns in 21 games. But the Eagles deactivated the 32-year-old receiver for the final nine games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team. He frequently criticized club officials and quarterback Donovan McNabb because he was unhappy with his contract.
Still, Owens finished the season with 47 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns.
Owens would give the Cowboys the type of dynamic receiver they have not had since a neck injury forced Michael Irvin to retire after the 1999 season. Until last season, Owens had caught at least 77 passes for at least 1,100 yards in each of the last five seasons. Dallas hasn't had a Pro Bowl receiver since Irvin in 1995 and just one 1,000-yard receiver since 2000.
Milloy joins Falcons
Safety Lawyer Milloy
signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons worth more than $6 million, including a $2.5 million signing bonus. The four-time Pro Bowler and former Patriot was released by Buffalo two weeks ago, a move that saved the Bills $3.75 million against the cap this season in the final year of Milloy's four-year contract. Milloy was the Bills' third-leading tackler last year, his 10th in the NFL. He broke his thumb in Week 2, but barely missed a down. The Falcons filled another hole on their defense yesterday by trading an undetermined second-day draft pick next month to the Cleveland Browns for safety Chris Crocker
. . . Receiver Josh Reed
and special teams standout Mario Haggan
agreed to terms with Buffalo. Reed was Buffalo's third receiver last year, with 32 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns . . . The Packers signed former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett
to a multiyear contract. Pickett led all NFL defensive linemen with 115 tackles in 2005 . . . Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte
signed a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams . . . Former Minnesota Vikings running back Michael Bennett
agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, who also agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Simmons
and safety Omar Stoutmire
. . . Defensive end Kenard Lang
signed a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos . . . The Dolphins signed former Oakland defensive back Renaldo Hill
to a three-year contract, and also re-signed running back Travis Minor
and tight end Alex Holmes
. . . Free agent guard Toniu Fonoti
, a starter in 33 of 34 games in four seasons with San Diego and Minnesota, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jets obtain Ramsey
The Washington Redskins traded quarterback Patrick Ramsey
to the New York Jets for a sixth-round pick in the April draft.
Ramsey began last year as the starter before losing the job to Mark Brunell and asked to be traded. The Jets were looking for another quarterback to compete with Chad Pennington going into training camp.
Though the Jets restructured Pennington's contract earlier this month, there are concerns he won't be able to come back from a second operation on his right shoulder. Ramsey started 11 games in 2003 but went back to the bench when coach Joe Gibbs, who prefers experienced quarterbacks, took over in 2004.
Pittsburgh re-signed cornerback Deshea Townsend
. The veteran -- who has played all eight seasons with the Steelers -- was a starter the past season and a half and has 13 1/2 sacks and 14 interceptions for his career. The Steelers also signed former Patriot defensive end Rodney Bailey
, who played with the Seahawks last season . . . The Seahawks' hopes of keeping All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson
will be decided by an arbitration process. That will delay tomorrow's deadline for the team to match an offer to Hutchinson by the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL Players Association said the league has filed a claim on behalf of the Seahawks contending a clause in the offer sheet Hutchinson signed with the Vikings last weekend circumvents the league's labor contract. That would mean that Seattle does not have to match that clause to keep Hutchinson, who is designated as their transition player. The clause in question would guarantee Hutchinson the entire contract sum if Hutchinson is not the team's highest-paid offensive lineman . . . The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Denver running back Quentin Griffin
, giving Larry Johnson
a veteran backup if Priest Holmes
decides to retire. The Chiefs also announced a one-year contract with tight end Kendall Gammon
, who was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl as a long snapper but missed the final six games last season with a leg injury.
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