The Dallas Cowboys said Friday that they will waive veteran receiver Terry Glenn, who resisted signing an injury clause after missing most of last season with a right knee injury.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the decision on the first day of training camp wasn’t about an offseason dispute with Glenn over an injury waiver that kept him off the practice field. Jones said he wanted to clear the way for younger receivers to compete for the job opposite leading receiver Terrell Owens.
Jones didn’t rule out Glenn’s return if the 34-year-old clears waivers and the younger receivers struggle in camp.
“As we go down the road, we’ll see where we are,” Jones said. “When we really got to looking at it, we would want to limit what Terry does in the preseason. Then we’re probably, with our situation, wanting to create the incentive for the receivers we’ve got.”
Glenn missed all but the final game of the regular season last year after two surgeries on his right knee.
He didn’t want to sign a waiver and receive just $500,000 of his $1.74 million base salary if he re-injured the knee and couldn’t play. As a result, the Cowboys wouldn’t let him go through offseason workouts.
Glenn had told ESPN’s Ed Werder earlier Friday that he’d accepted the concept of signing a split contract with the Cowboys, but that Jones remained undecided on whether to bring the veteran receiver back under those terms.
Under those terms, the oft-injured receiver would not have been paid his entire $1.7 million salary should he have reinjured his right knee.
“Hopefully, this gets worked out. Jerry holds the key,” Glenn told Werder.
Glenn had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons for the Cowboys before his injury last year.
Messages left for Glenn’s agent, James Gould, weren’t immediately returned.
The leading candidate to start opposite Owens is Patrick Crayton. He was strong at times last year but had a critical drop in the Cowboys’ playoff loss to the New York Giants.
The Cowboys should also have a couple more rookies in camp on Saturday, though.
Werder reported Saturday that according to a team source, the Cowboys have agreed to contract terms with their first-round draft choices, running back Felix Jones and cornerback Mike Jenkins. Both missed the team’s first day of training camp on Friday.
Jones, a 6-foot, 200 pounder, was a backup to Darren McFadden at Arkansas last season. Jenkins, a 6-foot, 197 pounder, played for South Florida last season.