Trading Deadline is not silent as WR Roy Williams lands in Dallas

(Philadelphia, Pa) — Every year at NFL trade deadline time there is a lot of banter of this player or that player moving, with usually little activity.  But 2008 will go down as the year a legitimate Pro Bowl level player changed hands.  With everyone expecting All-World Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez to change hands (never did happened as I guess Chiefs GM Carl Peterson asked for too much in return), surprising it was the lowly Detroit Lions who became major players.  The winless Lions traded unhappy receiver Roy Williams and a 7th Rd Pick to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2009 first, third and sixth round pick.

Willams after a soap opera offseason filled with holdout talk had struggled this season with only 17 catches for 232 yards and 1 touchdown, but much of his lack of production was due to injuries and poor play at the quarterback position.  The interesting thing now is how will the big physical receiver fit in with a Cowboys team that already had 13 Pro Bowl players in 2007 including Terrell Owens.  T.O we all know has been a distraction at times this season (complained after having only 17 passes directed his way in a week 4 loss to the Redskins) so it will be interesting to see how America’s favorite popuri of star players fits together or explodes.  With the addition of Williams to offensive weapons T.O, running back Felix Jones, running back Marion Barber, and tight end Jason Witten the cupboard is full, but a hand injury to quarterback Tony Romo (out 4 to 5 weeks) casts a huge shadow of doubt and desperation on the Cowboys.  It was a total surprise to me that the Cowboys even went for another  receiver when they greatly needed secondary help (see Pacman Jones suspension and Terrence Newman’s groin injury) and another back-up quarterback.   All the fun will start for the Cowboys and veteran quarterback Brad Johnson this week as they face the more dangerous than expected Rams in St. Louis.

There was one other trade in the NFL on Tuesday as the Buffalo Bills traded former 2006 first round pick (26th overall) defensive tackle John McCargo to the Indianapolis Colts for a fourth-round pick. The Bills basically gave up on McCargo after a couple of injury plagued and underachieving seasons (only 2.5 career sacks).  However the deal does make sense for the Colts who were starved for defensive tackles and McCargo is a quick penetrating guy, who should fit in well with DE Dwight Freeney and DT Raheem Brock.


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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