Owens feels he should still be Cowboy (AP)

Aug 8th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

CANTON, Ohio (AP)—Terrell Owens(notes) believes he should still be playing for
the Dallas Cowboys.

Instead, Owens was playing wide receiver against them Sunday night as a
member of the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL
preseason.

“You have to take the bitter with the sweet, and you move on,” Owens said.
“Do I think I should probably be there? Yeah.

“It was short-lived. I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen.”

Owens spent three years in Dallas, one of five stops during his career that
is about to enter a 15th season. He caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38
touchdowns as a Cowboy.

Even though he received a four-year contract extension before the 2008
season, he was released by the Cowboys at the end of the season amid headlines
that he feuded with quarterback Tony Romo(notes) and offensive coordinator Jason
Garrett.

“There’s no turning back or going back or redoing anything,” Owens said.
“Again, I still stand by the things that I said and what was done. I know that
honestly it wasn’t my fault.”

He played for Buffalo in 2009 and signed with the Bengals when training camp
started this year. He remains confident he still is a playmaker and will show
that while combining with good friend Chad Ochocinco(notes) and another Bengals
newcomer, Antonio Bryant(notes).

“I feel confident about myself and what I can still do on the football
field even at the age of 36,” Owens said.

“With me in here, obviously there are expectations of getting the ball
downfield. With myself, Chad and Antonio, we bring a vertical presence to the
offense. With us being three different types of receivers, that brings three
different dynamics to this offense.”

Before Sunday night’s game, he spent time catching passes from Carson Palmer(notes)
and other Bengals. He spent even more time chatting on the field with members of
the Cowboys, often laughing and joking around.

“I still have some great friends there,” he said. “I think everybody is
aware of what happened down there. I think a lot of people know that there were
some unfortunate things that happened there.”

Still, Owens has departed on unfavorable terms from previous stops in San
Francisco and Philadelphia, where he had issues with quarterbacks Jeff Garcia(notes)
and Donovan McNabb(notes). He had little impact in Buffalo last year, but his career
statistics could be Hall of Fame worthy.

Indeed, Owens said during training camp that the only thing missing for him
in Canton is a Hall of Fame bust.

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