Parcells, Glenn reunited; Adams re-signsPosted: Friday February 28, 2003 7:39 PM
Updated: Saturday March 01, 2003 1:07 AM
Instead, he's the first.
Parcells traded for the receiver he once derisively called "she," giving up an undisclosed draft pick Friday to acquire him from the Green Bay Packers. Glenn restructured his contract, getting a five-year deal tailored to help the Cowboys' salary cap.
The Cowboys also re-signed offensive lineman Flozell Adams to a $25 million, five-year contract, making for a busy first day in the post-Emmitt Smith era at Valley Ranch. Although Adams received a $10 million signing bonus, his cap figure for the upcoming season could be as low as $2.5 million.
The Parcells-Glenn pairing isn't as odd as it might seem. The two have patched up their relationship since Parcells' infamous insult, and the enigmatic receiver is excited about playing for the head coach who guided him to a record-setting rookie season.
In fact, when Glenn's agent, Jimmy Gould, recently got permission from the Packers to look for a new team for Glenn, Parcells was the first person he called.
"Not only are they on good terms, they never should have been separated," Gould said. "The 'she' comment was backed up by a true friendship right away. There's a tremendous closeness between the two, a lot of faith and trust in one another. When you go through stuff, it makes you closer."
Parcells made Glenn the seventh pick of the 1996 draft, and he responded with 90 catches for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns. Parcells left for the New York Jets the following season, and that's when Glenn's problems began.
Injured and in trouble at various times, Glenn had just one more 1,000-yard season. When the Patriots won the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Glenn played in only four games because of a hamstring injury and a nasty dispute with club officials, who tried banning him for the season.
Glenn's checkered career has included a domestic-abuse charge and a suspension for substance abuse. He stayed out of training camp once in a dispute over payments from a signing bonus.
He was traded to Green Bay last offseason for a fourth-round pick and caught 56 passes for 817 yards and two touchdowns while playing opposite Pro Bowler Donald Driver. He missed only one game because of an injury.
Packers head coach and general manager Mike Sherman said Glenn was acquired to give the receiving corps the veteran it was lacking, but he became expendable because of the way Driver, Javon Walker and Robert Ferguson developed last season. The move also helps Green Bay's salary cap.
"He did a good job for us," Sherman said. "This is the way the business works."
Glenn, who also was ready for a change, was due a $500,000 roster bonus Friday and a $1.5 million base salary for the upcoming season. Gould would not give specifics of the new contract, saying only "it was a fair deal."
"We reduced the number that would've been there with the Packers and got a number Dallas can work with," he said. "It's a tremendously positive thing for everyone involved."
Glenn will be in Dallas in the next few weeks to join the team's offseason conditioning program. Among his new fellow receivers is Joey Galloway, his college teammate at Ohio State. He replaces Raghib Ismail, who was cut Wednesday.
Cowboys officials were not made available to comment on either of Friday's moves.
Adams was the only lineman to start all 16 games last season. He has started 64 straight games at left tackle and 69 straight overall since the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 1998.
Despite his sometimes inconsistent play, Parcells made it clear from the start that he wanted to keep him. He considered forcing Adams to stay by putting the franchise tag on him, as the Cowboys did last year.
They didn't, and he became a free agent. But on the first day he could sign elsewhere, he decided to stay in Dallas.
"I'm just relieved and thankful that it's done and we can get down to work," Adams said. "There was a lot of speculating on what was going to happen, but I didn't want to go anywhere else."