Dallas Cowboys acquire WR Roy Williams from Lions
03:13 PM CDT on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
IRVING – Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made no secret he wanted to add a receiver opposite Terrell Owens in the off-season. It just took until the final moments before the trade deadline to get it done.
The Cowboys on Tuesday acquired UT-ex Roy Williams from Detroit for first-, third- and sixth-round picks in 2009 while the Lions will kick back their seventh-rounder in 2009, moments before the 3 p.m. trade deadline, according to a source.
The move bolsters a passing game that is ranked fourth in the NFL but about to experience life without quarterback Tony Romo (fractured pinkie finger).
Williams, who turns 27 in December, has 17 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown for the 0-5 Lions. His best year came in 2006, the only season in which he played 16 games, when he caught 82 passes for 1,310 yards and seven touchdowns.
Williams is making $3.7 million and is in the last year of his contract, which made it difficult to complete a trade. Williams is seeking a big extension. However, the Cowboys could use the franchise tag on him if necessary, which would essentially block him from free agency.
In the off-season, the Cowboys signed Owens to a four-year extension worth $34 million that included a $12.9 million signing bonus.