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Cowboys Sign WR Terry Glenn to Contract Extension

Mickey Spagnola reports that the Dallas Cowboys has signed wide receiver Terry Glenn, who still had two years left on his contract, to a three-year extension.

Enamored with his play and expecting even more production with the addition of Terrell Owens, the Cowboys signed wide receiver Terry Glenn to an extension that likely will keep him with the Cowboys for the remainder of his career. “I’m excited about it,” Glenn said Monday afternoon at Valley Ranch. “I wanted to be here. I’m ready to make this (Super Bowl) run and get started.”

Glenn, with two years left on his previous contract, has been signed to a three-year extension by the Cowboys, now giving him a five-year package worth $20 million. Glenn was scheduled to count $2.52 million against the Cowboys’ 2006 salary cap, with a base salary of $2 million. Terms of the signing bonus he received have not yet been announced.

“We just think he will really prosper in our system with Terrell now here,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said here Monday at the 2006 Annual NFL Meetings. “He’ll be a good complement.”

That Glenn should be, with his speed and ability to stretch the field. He had one of his more productive seasons last year with the Cowboys, staying healthy enough to start all 16 games for only the second time in his 10-year career. Glenn caught 66 passes for a team-leading 1,136 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns. Not only did Glenn lead the Cowboys with eight touchdowns in 2006 – he had one six-yard touchdown run – his 18.3-yard average per catch tied Denver’s Ashley Lelie for the NFL lead, although Lelie had only 42 catches. For perspective on Glenn’s down-field ability, Oakland’s Randy Moss averaged 16.8 yards per catch and Owens, now with the Cowboys, averaged 16.2 during his abbreviated 2005 season in Philadelphia.

Glenn is a superb player and, presuming Owens actually behaves himself enough to play out his three year deal, the two provide an excellent 1-2 punch. Still, one wonders at the wisdom of signing a 32-year-old man who relies on burning speed and is already under contract through his 34th birthday to a new deal. While there are occasional exceptions, like Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, there are not too many 35-year-old wideouts starting in the NFL.

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