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3/18/06-Dallas

Terrell Owens Signs Three Year Deal With Cowboys

For five days the entire sports world had been on T.O. watch.

The watch is over. Terrell Owens is a Dallas Cowboy.

The announcement was made at a press conference Saturday afternoon in Dallas. Owens signed a three year deal worth $25 million, including a $5 million signing bonus.

Owens is one of the league's best receivers and also one of the most controversial. He was suspended and later released by the Philadelphia Eagles after numerous incidents.  He left the San Francisco 49er's on bad terms.

However, the numbers and his talent don't lie. Owens has had 716 career catches, for more than 10,000 yards and 101 touchdowns.

In his first season with the Eagles he helped lead them to the NFC title.

Cowboy fans have had mixed feelings about Owens, especially after an incident in 2000, when he showboated on the star at Texas Stadium. Still T.O. and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the past is the past and this is a chance at a new start with a new team.

"Some learning experience, some life learning experiences that I experienced last year," Owens said, "both personally and professionally and you know I'm going to put those things behind me. Those things can only make a man be stronger."

"Bill has coached a lot of players that quote, unquote have the persona or the profile whatever you want to call it, that they might not fit in with team chemistry," Owner Jerry Jones said of Bill Parcells. "He's got a good track record with the team being a very successful team and we do too with the Cowboys."

Just after the news broke, KLTV talked to several Cowboys fans and asked them how they feel about T.O. in a Cowboys uniform. Once again, the fans were split.

"Obviously he's one of the top NFL players out there, the problem that we have with him signing is with his attitude," said Royce Eller. "When you look at the overall attitude for the game he has an utter disrespect for it."

"I think that they're going to do good," Addison Stevens said. "I think they're going to mesh well together. I think they are going to play well together. I don't see any problems with it."

"We've just got a lot more things that we can do, holding Terrell Owens on our team," fan Johnny Butler said. "I just feel like we're really going to the playoffs and all the way to the Super Bowl this year."

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com
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