Not sure if this has been posted or not. If it has, just let me know and I'll delete it... http://www1.dallascowboys.com/news.cfm?id=E6CFCE46-D5C4-5572-0E588BE372FCF25B Testaverde Deal Getting Close Nick Eatman DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer June 2, 2004, 2:30 p.m. (CDT) IRVING, Texas - The June 1 deadline has come and gone, and as expected, several headline players have found the waiver wire. Vinny Testaverde, an 18-year veteran quarterback, has been released. Two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner has been cut, too. Also, players such as Jeremiah Trotter and Daryl Gardner have also been cut, with Eddie George expected to get the ax from Tennessee in the near future. So far, the Cowboys are sitting tight, but that might not be for long. All summer, the Cowboys refused to back away from speculations that Testaverde could be signed after June 1. And now that he's finally available, he could be donning the Blue Star soon enough. The Cowboys are currently working on the negotiations with Testaverde's agent, Mike Azarelli, who told two Dallas newspapers Tuesday his client is still looking for a chance to compete for a starting job. But Testaverde's options seem somewhat limited, with only the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, and possibly the Panthers showing any kind of interest. Tom Brady just led the Patriots to their second Super Bowl in three years and it's not likely the two-time Super Bowl MVP will get any kind of competition from Testaverde. The Panthers seem content on sticking with Jake Delhomme, who led Carolina to that Super Bowl match-up against the Pats. And the Giants traded for the No. 1 overall draft pick in Eli Manning, and it won't be too long before he takes over for good in New York. So Dallas might be Testaverde's best option after all. Both head coach Bill Parcells and owner Jerry Jones have said Quincy Carter is still the starting quarterback and shouldn't get much competition for the job during training camp. But if Testaverde is eyeing another chance to start, it's not out of the question it could happen with the Cowboys. Carter did throw 21 interceptions last season, to just 17 touchdowns, and Parcells has made it clear the number of picks have to be cut down this year. If Carter struggles early in the season, Parcells could go to Testaverde for relief. The veteran turns 41 in November, but has history with Parcells, who coached the quarterback during his last two years on the New York sidelines. Testaverde led the Jets to a 12-4 record and a spot in the AFC Championship Game in 1998, before he ruptured his Achilles tendon in 1999 season opener and missed the entire year. The Jets never fully recovered, finishing 8-8 after starting a dismal 1-6. Testaverde has backed up Jets quarterback Chad Pennington the past two seasons, but did start the first seven games of last season when Pennington was out with a broken wrist. The Jets lost their first four games, but the team, and Testaverde, improved to win two of their next three before Pennington returned to the lineup. New York finished with a 6-10 record. By waiting until now to release Testaverde, the Jets spread the salary-cap hit over two seasons. He will count $3.5 million in 2004, with another $4 million in 2005. If he had stayed with the Jets this season, it would've been a $4.5 million cap charge. After his release, Testaverde issued a prepared statement through his agent. "I appreciate the Jets for allowing me to move on with my career," Testaverde said. "I want to thank the organization for the chance to play in my hometown. It has been a great experience. We've had some exciting moments on the field and memories I can take with me. It was a pleasure working with coach (Herm) Edwards and I wish the team and him much success." If Testaverde signs with the Cowboys, likely to be just a one-year deal, he won't only reunite with Parcells, but wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. The Cowboys added Johnson this off-season through a trade with the Buccaneers. In Testaverde's only full season with the Jets, Johnson caught 83 passes for 1,131 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns. The Cowboys will hold their first and only veteran mini-camp Saturday, which lasts until Monday. If signed this week, Testaverde will likely participate in the three-day camp.