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Glenn Asks For Release, T.O. Excused From Mini-Camp

Things heated up yesterday regarding the contract dispute between the front office and WR Terry Glenn.  Glenn is refusing to sign the “injury waiver” requested by the Cowboys and is now asking to be released if the team no longer wants him so he can continue his career elsewhere. 

While Jerry Jones and the official team response is that there hasn’t been a final decision concerning Glenn made yet, he did state there was an agreement with Glenn’s former agent prior to his being fired by Glenn, who now doesn’t have an official agent.  Jones also made some comments about having paid a bonus last year to Glenn for only four plays during the season.  But when asked about Glenn’s request to be released, Jones stated that he hasn’t spoken to Glenn or any representative for him about his plans since the firing took place.

Terrell Owens, meanwhile, has been excused from the three-day camp due to family matters and no one is giving any more of an explanation than that so far.  There wasn’t much concern shown by either head coach Wade Phillips or Jerry Jones regarding Owens’ missing camp, but both refused to go into any detail about the reasons for his absence. 

While Owens missing camp doesn’t quite concern me or most of the Cowboys team, and the Ken Hamlin situation doesn’t appear to be too big of an issue either, but Terry Glenn does surprise me somewhat.  Why he would take such a strong stance as he is on the injury waiver, if, as he says, the knee is fine and his doctor has said there isn’t an issue with it, then why not sign the waiver.  However, to claim that the team doesn’t want you or support you anymore is simply not the case after the way he was treated last season and kept on the roster without a guarantee he would return to the field. 

I sincerely doubt that there will be much of a market for an aging (he is 33-years old) and often injured wide receiver.  While Glenn has the ultimate decision to make, perhaps he should think twice about leaving a team with the caliber of talent the Cowboys have and the potential to be a part of a very special season that might ultimately include a Super Bowl ring.

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