When the Dallas Cowboys traded for wide receiver Roy Williams in 2008, they thought the combination of Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton and the former Detroit Lion and Texas Longhorn would give Tony Romo everything he needed to return the franchise to Super Bowl dominance. But a funny thing happened on the way to Tampa Bay – Williams kinda sucked. In fact, the former seventh overall pick in the 2004 draft caught just 19 passes in his seven games as a Cowboy that season, including only one touchdown. And now the costly addition is stepping up his game and promising a huge effort this year. Just kidding, he’s pouting.
Calling his brief tenure in Dallas “a nightmare,” Williams has been outshined by Miles Austin and could even be replaced by the Cowboys’ first round pick in this year’s draft, Dez Bryant. The Cowboys traded first, third and sixth round picks in the 2009 draft, as well as a seventh round pick in this year’s draft, to acquire Williams and immediately signed him to a five-year, $45 million extension with $20 million guaranteed. Responded everyone on the planet, “Wow, what a nightmare.”
Wake me from this tormenting slumber, NFL Gridiron Gab:
“It’s been a nightmare,” the native of Odessa, Texas, told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s the truth. I’m not going to hide from it. I understand the business. … I thought this was going to be a dream. It’s been a nightmare.” Williams was frank when speaking to Yahoo! Sports, but no one can argue this marriage between Williams and Jerry Jones had, and still has potential.
Potential is a bold analysis, seeing as Williams only managed 38 receptions for 596 yards in 15 games in 2009, however the Cowboys still expect Williams to line up as their top target in 2010, despite the emergence of Austin and the consistent presence of Jason Witten. Crayton, on the other hand, appears to be the odd man out, as the former seventh round pick of the 2004 draft has requested an outright release.
Tony Romo also demanded a release, and promptly nailed the entire female roster of American Idol.