Say it ain’t so! The Dallas Cowboys whacked “star” wide receiver Roy Williams ending a two-and-a-half year relationship marked by its fabulous insignificance. The move, which flirts with organizational competence the likes of which hasn’t been seen in D.C or Dallas anytime recently, saved about $5M against the 2011 salary cap. Williams is now free to pursue employment with any team desperately seeking receivers and it sounds like Williams and the Chicago Bears have mutual interest.
In cutting Williams, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ended a very expensive and sexless (defined in this case as Super Bowl-less) marriage. Jones frivolously shipped three draft picks, including Dallas’ 2009 first round pick, to Detroit for the former University of Texas star in a 2008 trade deadline deal. A la Dan Snyder, he then compounded the mistake by signing Williams to a multi-year deal that guaranteed the receiver more money than most make in a lifetime, all before he finished his first cup of coffee in Dallas.
Jones’ fancy new offensive toy produced 94 receptions and 13 TDs in 40 memorable games. Had the Cowboys been running a 1960s wishbone offense, those statistics would have made Williams worth every penny he was paid. But alas, in the pass-happy NFL, those are great receiver stats…over a single 16-game season. And they weren’t even Williams’ greatest sin. His greatest atrocity was how he compiled these inconsequential performance metrics. He simply never seemed to care. His casual “my bad” smile after dropped balls or ill-run routes became a Williams Sunday staple. Everything he did on the field with Dallas seemed to be at half-speed. After each half-hearted effort from the talented but uncompetitive Williams, one could almost sense the rage flowing through Jerry Jones…and boy did ‘Skins fans love it.
In his apparent final play at FedEx field with the Cowboys, Williams caught a game-winning touchdown pass from a scrambling Tony Romo on the last play of the game to notch an apparent season-opening win. But, as was the hallmark of Williams’ Dallas career, there was a problem: a Dallas offensive lineman was called for holding. The penalty snatched victory from Dallas and the hands of Williams. Retrospectively, it was an ending befitting one of D.C.’s favorite Cowboys of all time. So long Roy Dubya. ‘Skins nation will miss your consistently lackadaisical approach to the game and your contributions to the angst of Cowboys fans, Jerry Jones’ blood pressure those wonderfully underachieving Cowboy teams of recent vintage.