- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 5, 2009

In a surprise move, Terrell Owens was cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, causing immediate speculation about which NFL team would grab the talented but tempestuous receiver.

One thing’s for certain: The 35-year-old wideout won’t remain in the NFC East.

Owens wore out his welcome in Philadelphia in 2005, and coach Andy Reid is still the Eagles’ decision-maker. The Washington Redskins, who have gambled on their share of potential headaches during Dan Snyder’s decade of ownership, emphatically denied they were interested. So did the New York Giants, who have yet to firmly rid themselves of - or commit to - their own troubled but productive receiver, Plaxico Burress.

“[Owens’s representatives] called us three years ago before he went to Dallas, and we didn’t have interest then,” Redskins executive vice president Vinny Cerrato told Redskins.com. “Why would we have interest when he’s three years older now? We have no interest.”

So whither, T.O., who turned 35 in December but still had 10 touchdown catches for the Cowboys last season?

Minnesota badly needs a big-time receiver, but since Vikings coach Brad Childress was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Owens went south in Philly, that won’t happen. Baltimore seems possible at first glance since the Ravens tried to acquire Owens from San Francisco in 2004 before he nixed the deal and landed in Philadelphia. But that was before another former Reid assistant, John Harbaugh, became Baltimore’s coach.

It’s hard to see former Dallas coach Bill Parcells reuniting with Owens in Miami, or the 49ers, still owned by the DeBartolo and York families, wanting to revisit their painful memories of Owens’ graceless exit.

Arizona would make sense, but that would require the departure of another unhappy Drew Rosenhaus receiver, Anquan Boldin.

So too, would Denver, but would the Broncos replace one problem child (Brandon Marshall) with another?

No-nonsense general managers Bill Polian of Indianapolis and A.J. Smith of San Diego aren’t the types to pursue a player like Owens, nor are the community-owned Green Bay Packers. And just imagine the spats if Cincinnati (which has Chad Johnson and Laveranues Coles) and Carolina (Steve Smith) signed Owens.

The New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans could all make sense.

And there’s always Oakland, where Al Davis loves renegades and spends recklessly. But after getting the worst from Owens-like diva Randy Moss, even Davis might not have the stomach for the inevitable T.O. heartburn.

Owens just completed his 13th season - just his third in Dallas - and has 951 career receptions and 14,122 yards to go with 139 touchdowns. His yards rank fifth all-time and his touchdowns rank second in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice (197). But last year Owens had his worst full season since his second year in San Francisco, barely topping 1,000 yards and catching just 69 passes. He also started struggling to gain separation from defensive backs and dropped 10 passes.

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