• It's no lock Terrell Owens will be with the Cowboys in 2007. Mr. Distraction is due a $3 million roster bonus in June and a $5 million salary for 2007. So there's time. It's not what Jones said about Owens; he always says the right things about how much T.O. helped the offense in 2006 and he expects to have a bright future with him. But it's what he's unwilling to say right now. He's unwilling to guarantee Owens' spot on the roster in 2007. Owens even took his nameplate from the Dallas locker room after the season, apparently unsure whether he'd be back for a second season under the big top.
The way I see it is that Jones will sidle up to Owens' agent, Drew "Next Question!'' Rosenhaus, at the combine later this month in Indianapolis and tell him he might want to reconsider when to make the roster bonus payable. Seems to me Sept. 1 makes more sense than June 1. By Labor Day, Phillips and Jones will know if they can stomach Owens for another season, and whether they need him for another year.