Cowboys Discuss Pickens

Friday, March 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

IRVING – The Cowboys continued their discussions to acquire free-agent receiver Carl Pickens on Thursday, his agent said.

"We're talking often," said Steve Zucker, Pickens' agent. "The Cowboys have always liked Carl, and they've talked about him joining their team for the last two or three years."

Zucker and the Cowboys discussed financial parameters and talked about proposals that would lead to Pickens, who has played nine years in the NFL, joining Dallas. Zucker said several other teams are also vying for Pickens, though he declined to divulge them.

"He likes Dallas, it's a great organization with great tradition and he'd like to play for a winner," Zucker said. "It might look like Dallas is struggling, but they know how to turn things around in a hurry."

Pickens, 31, who spent Wednesday touring the club's Valley Ranch training complex, missed six games with a pulled hamstring while playing for Tennessee last season, and it resulted in the worst season of his career. He caught just 10 passes for 242 yards.

The Cowboys want Pickens (6-2, 206 pounds) to be a possession receiver who complements the speed of Joey Galloway and Raghib Ismail. The Cowboys' other receivers, Jason Tucker, Chris Brazzell, Damon Hodge and Wane McGarity, have been inconsistent.