Terrell Owens before being released from the Cowboys

Terrell Owens before being released from the Cowboys (The 33 Sports / March 5, 2009)

(AP) - The Dallas Cowboys officially released embattled receiver Terrell Owens. The move ends a three-year run that produced as many big headlines as big plays.

Owens caught more touchdown passes than any NFL receiver over the last three years and was a big part of Tony Romo's emergence as a quarterback. Yet the Cowboys never won a playoff game in those three years, and didn't even make the playoffs this past season.

The December collapse bottomed out with a lackluster performance in a win-and-you're-in-the-playoffs finale in Philadelphia. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says in the aftermath of the season "we talked about change."

Jones says some of that involves people. He says cutting Owens was a decision made based upon consideration for an entire team. Dallas today also released safety Roy Williams.

Cutting Owens and Williams will cost the Cowboys about $14 million against the salary cap.