OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys' season of high expectations will not include veteran wide receiver Terry Glenn.
Glenn's saga ended Friday as the team waived the 34-year-old on the first day of training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made the announcement on the sidelines during Friday's practice. Jones could now look to trade for a veteran receiver or rely on the young cast behind Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton at the position this season.
Jones is also considering the idea of bringing back Glenn during the season if the team has a need and believes he is fully healthy.
Glenn was trying to come back from two knee surgeries last year that limited him to one game and four plays. With a base salary of $1.74 million for 2008, Jones wanted financial protection, asking him to sign a $500,000 injury waiver in case he reinjured the knee.
Glenn balked and the mini-drama, which included Glenn asking to be released, unfolded during the offseason. The saga also became more about whether Glenn could help the team and not as much about the waiver.
That was a considerable turn considering Jones was full of optimism that Glenn could return and be a major contributor this season alongside Owens. But after the draft Jones' tune changed with Glenn, and the club kept him out of the OTAs and minicamp. Glenn needs microfracture surgery, but at his age it could mean the end of his career.
Signs of the move were apparent during Thursday's opening news conference in Oxnard. Jones deflected talk about Glenn but said he was still in negotiations with Glenn and his agent James Gould.
Glenn revitalized his career in Dallas, posting two 1,000-yard seasons when he rejoined Bill Parcells in 2003. His best season was 2005 when he posted 1,136 yards receiving and a career-high seven touchdowns.