With all the uproar and attention given to the release of Terrell Owens, it’s easy to miss the other Dallas Cowboys release, namely safety Roy Williams. The move came after Dallas tried unsuccessfully to trade the 5 time Pro Bowler.
Williams started his Cowboys career with great promise, but coverage issues and the seeming inability to tackle any other way but by “horse collar”, a.k.a. the Roy Williams rule, proved to be his undoing in Dallas. It seems unbelievable that no other team would take a chance on him by giving up a seventh rounder for a former first round pick; however, it is possible interested teams were simply holding out for his inevitable release.
While the change of scenery is good for both sides, Williams is still young enough, at 28, to have a monster year somewhere else in a system more compatible with his strengths. A return to the 4-3 would greatly help his comeback.
It’s unfortunate the Cowboys were not able to trade that potential for some return value; however, the Cowboys will save around $2 MM in salary cap space for cutting ties with Williams.