IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terry Glenn said Tuesday that he is not going to sign a $500,000 injury waiver with the team and wants out of Dallas.
The team has asked Glenn to sign the waiver in case he reinjures his surgically repaired right knee.
“I was told I would be cut if I didn’t sign the waiver. What I’m saying is that I’m not signing the waiver,” Glenn said in a text message. “So I guess they’re going to release me as promised. I just want to get on with my career somewhere where someone wants my abilities. I still have fight and I don’t give up.”
The knee kept Glenn out of 15 games last season. Because of it, Glenn did not pass a physical at the end of last season. He did not take a physical with his teammates Monday.
Although the Cowboys want him to try to return this season, they believe the knee could give out at any time.
Glenn feels he has earned the right to attempt to continue his career without potentially having to forfeit more than half his $1.74 million base salary for 2008.
The Cowboys have barred Glenn from practicing until he signs the waiver.
"I’d like for him to come back, but the nature of his injury is one that it can go in the next step," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "So that’s too big of a risk for our team to take, and I don’t think any team will take that risk."
Jones, who said Glenn has not told him that he wants to be released, said the team plans to be patient with Glenn. Jones said there is no timetable for a decision.
"We’ll just see what happens between now and training camp," Jones said. The reporting date for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., is July 24.
When asked when this situation needs to be resolved, Jones said, "Day after Labor Day, as far as I’m concerned." The NFL final roster cutdown date is Labor Day, Sept. 1, and the season opener is Sept. 7.
Glenn, who is entering his 13th NFL season, has 593 receptions for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has 23 100-yard receiving games, including six games of 148 yards or more.
The speedy receiver has been a deep threat in the Cowboys’ offense since arriving via a trade with Green Bay before the 2003 season. He has averaged 16 yards per catch with the Cowboys and 150 of his 208 regular-season receptions in Dallas have gained a first down.
The Cowboys began their three-day minicamp Tuesday, without Glenn or fellow wide receiver Terrell Owens, who was excused from the morning’s workout at Valley Ranch and will probably miss all three days of the mandatory minicamp.
According to two sources, Owens left camp Tuesday morning after being informed of a death in his family. Cowboys public relations director Rich Dalrymple said Owens is “tending to personal business.”
Owens was at Valley Ranch for meetings then left and missed practice. The morning practice was cut short due to inclement weather.
Safety Ken Hamlin also was not at practice. Hamlin, the team’s designated franchise player, is seeking a long-term deal and has missed most of the scheduled off-season workouts.