Terrell Owens: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

 The nine million dollar question was being asked almost instantaneously after the Cowboys’ futile attempt to make the playoffs. Cowboys fans had not even had a chance to absorb the epic collapse that was the 2008 season and the question was already swirling. Will T.O. be back next year?

My question is this. Should T.O. be back next year?

The cons to a Terrell Owens 2009

Of course the number one thing that comes to mind is distractions. Players dismiss the notion of distractions affecting their performances during games. Well that’s what they say during the season anyway. But how could it not be a distraction?

T.O.’s presence alone can be a distraction. Is that fair? I personally say yes, it’s fair. We all knew when Owens was signed by Dallas in 2006 what we were getting.

The guy simply can’t help himself. He has to have attention. We all know his history and I will not bore you with rehashing all the details. He has been labeled a “cancer” in the locker room. Part of me feels this label is justified.

Take the whole tiff with Jason Witten thing earlier this year. Anytime your three top wide receivers have a closed-door meeting with your offensive coordinator, validity can be given to reports of discord in the locker room. Then suddenly there were grumblings of a “snitch” in the midst. I personally feel like this entire episode was perpetuated by Terrell Owens.  The guy simply can’t help himself.

Whether it’s working out in his driveway, riding a stationary bike in a Lance Armstrong outfit, an alleged overdose, crying, no, weeping after a playoff loss, whining to Deion Sanders on national television or wearing a silly flashing red nose during locker room interviews. The guy simply can’t help himself.

I personally think he needs psychological help.

The pros to a Terrell Owens 2009

Terrell Owens is a phenomenal athlete. A physical specimen. A game changer and a playmaker. He had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. Used properly, Terrell Owens is as good as they get.

There is a sense if comfort knowing T.O. is on the field. You know he can make the difference at any given moment. He can make the best cornerbacks in the game look silly. The man  plays with passion and great enthusiasm. 

I’m pretty excited to see how deadly a Roy Williams/Terrell Owens combo can be with a full training camp behind them. It could be very scary. Well for other teams that is. I get almost giddy thinking about how strong this team can potentially be with Owens and Williams together, and on the same page with Tony Romo.

I’m sure this didn’t clear up the issue any more for you than it did for me. I want to trust T.O.. I want to believe in this guy. But right now I don’t and I don’t. If I honestly thought Roy Williams could shoulder the load I would say trade T.O.. You can’t cut him. The $9 million salary cap hit is just too big. But there are teams that would make the trade.

What’s your opinion? T.O. or not T.O.? Give us feedback.

Comments
  1. JtLovesBigD

    As a long time Cowboy fan I used to hate T.O. more than anyone else. After his years with Dallas I have changed my mind. Take him as you will. I feel T.O. has gained a peice of many Cowboy fans hearts such as myself. Say what you want about him, this guy is a positive for any team, despite what any media group might say about him. He should retir as a Cowboy and finally win a ring as a Cowboy.

  2. I have to agree. The ESPN media seems to take things out of context and control. They’ve always been like this since Bill Parcells tenure with the Cowboys. They hate the Cowboys, in no way all last season praised them, and are seemingly trying to turn anyone and everyone dumb enough to watch their show “Sportscenter” against the Dallas Cowboys. It’s gotten so bad I haven’t watched Sportscenter since the end of 2007 postseason game against the Giants. I like T.O. and don’t feel he’s the “distraction” that ESPN has said because none of the coaches or owner has made this claim, its from an “annoymonus player”. I smell bullshit it seems to me.

  3. Josh

    JT i agree i used to hate T.O. but i respected him for his skill and alwasy said if only he was a Cowboys well i got my wish and im sticking by T.O. thru thick and thin and this “CANCER” lable is way way overated
    T.O. is not going to do anything to get him out of Dallas he loves it here and he will retire a cowboy with 1 or 2 rings on his fingers hopefully

  4. Kelly Horn

    I love Terrell Owens. I’m behind him 100%.

  5. nate

    I could go either way on this.
    Part of me says, if he stays, he all ready knows which people in the organization are against him and will be a continued distraction even more because of it. Just give him one bad game and it’ll come out.
    The other side is that he is still a play maker. He carries a heavy cap hit if released and we have yet to see what Romo and Williams can do. Not to mention the vendetta he’d have if we played against him this season. (remember what he used to do to us?)

  6. Maghony_81

    Bring T.O. Back, Yes. without a doubt!!! I think we have to focus on our quarterback? Romo has time? he couldn’t get the ball to anyone on the field? Our “O” was 1.2.3. out.
    Romo I love has a quarterback, he must step up. couple games, he never look T.O. way? Keep everybody!! work on errors? if we show up, and make on mistakes, we’ll be on our way? 5 yrd penalties, kill us. Get Your Popcorn ready!!! :-)

  7. the NY Cowboy

    let him go, other defences know we will try to get the ball to him, and game plan for that and if we dont game plan for him, he goes on the shows talking about how we dont get him the ball, also, have of Romos INTs is because he forces the ball to ownes some ctahes are awsome, and some go the other way. We havent won with hime, and we wont ill he goes, Lets just make sure we trade him to an AFC team and the Giants Or Pigskins!

  8. cowboy joe

    Ive said this before and ill say it again ,how do we know exactly what happens in the locker room other than what the media tells us , his past will never be gone the media will be all over him regardless of what he does period . we see him ranting on the sideline right? so if that was tony would we call him a cancer ? no we would call him a leader!do we know who this would hurt the most on the team? that would be jason witten everytime he makes a catch 10 15 20yds down the seam guess where the safety is ?thats right doubling mr owens. just his presence on the field makes the team deadly take him away im not so sure deadly is the word , roy e is good but does not command the respect from the def that t.o does . he gets cut and thats 9million against our cap next year !thats just bad buisness this guy is top 2 or 3 in the league he needs to stay period.
    boys4 life
    cowboy joe

  9. Raina

    I want to see what TO and Roy Williams can to when they are both in sync with Romo.

  10. keysha king

    I LOVE TO THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT WORK…DUHHH GET A BETTER BACK UP QB THAT WILL SOLVE EVERYTHING…

  11. jaime

    I think he should stay, who else will lead the receiving corps. Roy Williams? I dont think so.

  12. TAVASCI 505

    T.O. STAY!!!!!!!!! LETS MAKE THE HATERS HATE EVEN MORE LETS GET 6 THE TIME IS NOW!!!!!!!!!IM BEHIND T.O. ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!GO BOYS!!!!

  13. LILGOTTI66

    WE NEED T.O. HE’S WHY WR’s ARE OPEN MOST OF THE TIME AND IT WILL BE NICE TO SEE A T.O./ROY/WITTEN COMBO NEXT SEASON BUT I DONT THINK MONEY WILL BE THE ONLY THING WE WILL BE LOSING HE MAY BE THE HEART OF THIS TEAM AND KEYSHA WE DO NEED BACKUP QB’s FOR STARTS AND A STRONGER O-LINE BUT KEEP OWENS AND WE MIGHT GET A SURPRIZE NEXT SEASON

  14. Thanks for all the T.O. support fans! Now can we get behind Roy Lee Williams or what?

  15. TD

    At this point, I say KEEP HIM. We need him. But let’s hope there is a compromise and we get him the ball a little more and throw him the deep ball more often and he doesn’t get so upset all the time…..hey, sounds like the perfect world. KUMBAYAH. – TD

  16. Cowboy Bill

    I do feel like the Williams trade upset the apple cart a bit. Suddenly Romo has to figure out how to make this work when he’s on the field. Combine that with the revolving door at guard on the O-line then you have Romo either over-thinking things or rushing to his safety net Jason Witten.
    But of all these comments I haven’t read where anyone thinks he’s NOT a distraction. That concerns me.
    We all know his ability. That’s not even a concern. But you have to assess the risk vs. the reward. One guy can’t put us over the top. This team needs to come together. Will T.O. allow this? Can he handle this?

  17. Joe D.

    This is where the offensive coordinator is supposed to do his job and design plays that will benefit both receivers and ultimately the team.
    That said, despite the occasional distractions, keep T.O.