Veteran tailback Eddie George found a new team only two days after he was released by the Tennessee Titans, signing a one-year, $2.2 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

"They were the first team to step up," George said at a news conference at the Cowboys' training facility. "They showed interest. They wanted me to be part of their team. That's what made me excited about this opportunity."

George will receive a $1.54 million bonus for reporting to training camp and a $660,000 salary for the season, plus possible incentives. He and the Titans parted ways after eight seasons when George rejected the club's attempt to get him to agree to a $2.75 million pay cut, from $4.25 million to $1.5 million. Tennessee had paid him a $1 million roster bonus in March.

George has been one of the league's most durable and productive runners for most of his career. But he turns 31 in September, and many in the league wonder if he still can thrive as a team's featured runner. The Cowboys also have second-round pick Julius Jones to compete for playing time.

Not all the news was good for the Cowboys. Safety Darren Woodson is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday for a ruptured disk in his lower back and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

The team also told Chad Hutchinson's agent that the quarterback will be released before training camp. . . .

The Oakland Raiders released center Barret Robbins after he failed a physical because of knee problems. Robbins was sent home shortly before the January 2003 Super Bowl after showing up at the team's hotel drunk. He later claimed that he is bipolar, and he was not on his medication. . . .

The Ravens announced single-game tickets sold out in 11 minutes yesterday.

-- Mark Maske

"They wanted me to be part of their team," Eddie George says of the Cowboys, with owner Jerry Jones at his side.