Jerry Jones said he started thinking about bringing Owens to Dallas back in November, but I think the wheels were set in motion a long time ago. Way back in 1998, Jerry passed on the chance to draft Randy Moss, and instead picked Greg Ellis. Two years later, Jerry gave up two first-round picks to land what he thought was a game-breaking receiver in Joey Galloway and he has been trying to recover ever since. It was a high price to pay to try to make up for passing on Moss. As a player, Moss was everything Dallas needed at the time, but Jerry was very sensitive to character issues and off-the-field stuff because of the legal mess that Michael Irvin was in. I think privately at least, Jerry has regretted that decision occasionally -- like every time his Cowboys have to go up against Moss. He probably thinks now that he could have handled Moss and all those spectacular touchdowns would have been scored for his team, instead of against his team. Talent-wise, Owens is the closest thing to Moss and Jerry probably decided that he wasn't going to pass on a talent like this again -- no matter what the public relations fallout would be. So, in a round-about way, Michael Irvin was probably part of the reason why Moss never became a Cowboy, and probably part of the reason why Owens is one now. I think there is a part of Jerry that really identifies and connects with these charismatic, vocal, talented receivers that embarrass their opponents. He had one during the 1990s, then saw what it was like to not have one during the past six or seven years.