Terrell Owens needs to move on

April, 13, 2012
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They say a divorce is hard to overcome, and Terrell Owens' split from the Dallas Cowboys, which happened over a late-night dinner in South Florida in the spring of 2009, is still bothering him.

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I don't believe anyone at Valley Ranch misses Owens' antics. Yet here's Owens talking about Tony Romo on Friday morning, saying the quarterback played a role in his departure from the Cowboys.

"With that situation, dude, I’ve kind of lost my respect for that situation,” Owens told ESPN Dallas 103.3's "Ben and Skin Show." "Man, that’s a guy I shed tears for, I went to bat for. Then obviously, ultimately I’m not in Dallas anymore and I know he definitely had a hand in that. So, again, it’s one of those things that you kind of just have to bite your tongue and keep moving on, you know what I mean?"

Owens did cry for Romo. I was standing right there when the tears seeped through his sun glasses. But Owens needs to move on. He was answering a word-association question about Romo on Friday. That's fine, but Owens should take the high road.

He's trying to get back in the NFL, something I doubt will happen. He's not really dominating that arena league he's in, so his focus should remain there.

He's in great shape and runs fast and shows his quickness. But NFL teams are done with Owens. He should be done with Romo, too.

If he thinks Romo played a part in getting rid of him, big deal. There's no proof of this. In the past, Owens said Jerry Jones made promises about his expected return for the 2009 season.

I would say Jones wanted Owens to return but changed his mind. That's his right, he's the owner/general manager of the franchise. Here's another thought: Stephen Jones, the executive vice president and No. 2 man in the organization, was able to get his dad to rid the franchise of Owens.

Not sure if this is true either. But whatever happened in terms of the decision to release Owens was the right one.

After the 2008 season, the Cowboys' locker room was a mess. Changes were needed.

Wade Phillips said he needed to make a change in how he handled the team and he was rewarded with a NFC East title and a playoff win, the first in over a decade.

Times changed and Phillips is no longer the Cowboys' head coach -- he's the defensive coordinator in Houston. Romo has matured and Owens, well, he's still being Owens.

He just needs to let it go.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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