Wide receiver Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys agreed yesterday to a three-year contract extension worth around $27 million, according to a person close to the negotiations.
Owens apparently will not be playing out the final year of his contract, eliminating a potentially explosive topic from a team that needs to focus on ending an 11-season drought without a playoff win. He will make $7 million this season before the extension kicks in.
Owens' last few deals have been nothing but headline-makers. There was the seven-year, $48.97 million contract he got from the Eagles in 2004, followed by all the complaining he did about it in 2005. The Eagles released him and he wound up getting a three-year, $25 million deal from the Cowboys.
Owens led the NFL with 13 touchdown catches in 2006, then led the NFC with 15 more last season.
In other Cowboys news, Adam "Pacman" Jones can join the team for everything but the regular season after being partially reinstated yesterday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he would decide by Sept. 1 whether to fully end Jones' suspension, which wiped out his entire 2007 season, when he was with the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys play their opener Sept. 7 in Cleveland.
Jones could be in action as soon as today, at the team's next organized practice.
An accumulation of arrests and legal problems - including his alleged connection to a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club - led to Jones' suspension without pay in April 2007.
The Cowboys traded draft picks for Jones in April and gave him a restructured contract that minimizes their risk.
Broncos. Denver cut running back Travis Henry, with coach Mike Shanahan saying the move was more about Henry's personality than his play.
"He's just too inconsistent as a person," Shanahan said.
Bills. Buffalo police want to talk to Marshawn Lynch after examining the Buffalo running back's vehicle, which allegedly struck and injured a pedestrian during a hit-and-run accident last weekend.
Signings. Washington signed safety Stuart Schweigert and released linebacker Rian Wallace, a former star at Temple. . . . The New York Giants added defensive end Renaldo Wynn, a first-round pick by Jacksonville in 1997.