Wide receiver Terry Glenn has rehired his old agent, Jimmy Gould, in hopes of coming to terms with the Dallas Cowboys over a $500,000 injury settlement.
But that might not be enough to get him on the field.
According to owner Jerry Jones, it’s not necessarily about the injury settlement anymore. It’s about what’s best for the Cowboys and whether Glenn can help them win.
“What I should be looking at is how he fits as a player this year,” Jones said. “That is what this is about. It’s not about my will against Terry’s will.”
Glenn was barred from working out during off-season team activities and minicamp because he refused to sign an injury waiver to protect the team in case he reinjured his surgically repaired right knee. The Cowboys had threatened to cut him if he didn’t sign the waiver and a defiant Glenn asked for his release earlier this month.
Tensions of have eased in recent weeks with Glenn maintaining that he wants to continue his career with the Cowboys.
Jones said he has had discussions with Gould and has always been fond of Glenn, whose base salary for the upcoming season is $1.74 million. He said that was the main reason the Cowboys gave Glenn a contract extension when Terrell Owens was signed in 2006. Glenn received a $5 million roster bonus last season as part of that deal.
“Terry is someone I have a lot of interest in,” Jones said. “We have worked good together. It was part of what Terry Glenn is about when we extended his contract.”
Glenn was sidelined for the first 15 games last season after undergoing two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee.
The Cowboys kept him on the active roster, hoping he might be able to help them in the playoffs.
Glenn played total of four plays and never had an impact.
Team doctors recommended that Glenn have microfracture knee surgery, but he opted for rehabilitation.
The Cowboys are encouraged by the progress Glenn has made, but are concerned about his durability — and possibly his effect on the team.
According to a source, there are those in the organization who think Glenn’s return for the playoffs might have had a negative impact on his replacement, Patrick Crayton. Despite a solid regular season in which he posted career highs with 50 catches for 697 yards and seven touchdowns, Crayton played poorly in the NFC divisional playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants.