But Bowen is an unrestricted free agent and has to wait until he reaches a deal before reporting anywhere. Bowen's agent, Pat Dye, has held some talks with the Cowboys and other teams about a new contract.
Bowen, who finished with 12 quarterback pressures and four tackles for loss last season, could be a highly sought-after defensive end who can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 schemes. With more teams playing a 3-4, Bowen's value increases.
"I know Dallas wants me and I'd love to be back," Bowen said. "I don't know what's happening and hopefully I'll be back."
While you look at the safety, left tackle, left guard and right tackle spots as holes, the left defensive end position is vacant. Three ends, Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher and Bowen, are free agents, and the Cowboys are hopeful they can keep at least one or two of them.
The salary cap issues the team has, over by $18 million headed into the start of free agency on Tuesday, were reduced with the decisions to release Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Leonard Davis. The team could also cut Marc Colombo and told his agent they would. Some complications have occurred, which could mean the team is working on giving the starting right tackle a lower salary.
NFL teams can start cutting players on Thursday.
Until everything gets cleared up, Bowen's status is in limbo as training camp starts on Wednesday.