Cowboys formally release Terrell Owens

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IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys officially released
Terrell Owens on Thursday, ending a three-year run that produced as
many big headlines as big plays.

Owens caught more touchdown passes than any NFL receiver over
the last three years and was a big part of Tony Romo's emergence
from an unknown backup quarterback to a starlet-dating Pro Bowler
with a $67 million contract.

Yet the Cowboys never won a playoff game in those three years,
and didn't even make the playoffs this past season. Dallas'
late-season collapse - which bottomed out with a lackluster
performance in a win-and-you're-in finale in Philadelphia -
emphasized that a new attitude was needed, and dumping T.O. shows
that Jerry Jones is addressing that.