Regardless of how you feel about WR Roy Williams, he's not going anywhere. Dallas simply can't afford to release him, and I'm not talking about money.
When I say “afford,” I don't mean his over-inflated contract. Although cutting ties with Williams would result in a large amount of dead money, there's an equally important reason to keep him around: Depth.
Teams in today's NFL need to have three quality WR's.
Argue all you want about Williams' quality as a receiver. It's true that he dropped too many critical passes. It's true that he fumbled important opportunities (remember the 2010 Thanksgiving game vs New Orleans), but you can't deny his recent production.
It's obvious that in the past, Romo wasn't as comfortable with Williams as he was with Jason Witten or even Miles Austin. Yet in the beginning of the 2010 season, that began to change.
In the five games before Romo went down for the year, he had thrown 21 passes to Williams for 306 yards, five were TD's. That accounts for 57 percent of Williams' total receptions, 58 percent of his total yards and 100 percent of his TD's—all in less than a third of a season!
It's doubtful that Williams would have finally lived up to his contract had Romo played the whole season, few receivers in the league could. But it's clear he did add value to the receiving corps.
That's the type of value and experience the Cowboys need, despite the fact they're paying too much for it.
Ask yourself this: After Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Roy Williams, who else is there that can step up?
Kevin Ogletree? After a promising rookie year in 2009, he failed to take the next step in 2010 and may not even be on the roster in 2011.
Manny Johnson? Jesse Holley? If they aren't cut, they probably won't see the field except on special teams or if our entire receiving corps is wiped out by injuries.
What about sixth round draft pick Dwayne Harris? Many believe he could be the next Patrick Crayton. But Crayton wasn't even Crayton until at least a year after he was drafted.
None of these guys can make up for the experience and production that Roy brings.
Now, let's get back to Miles and Dez. What happens if one of them gets hurt? Dez missed almost all of training camp and the last four games of the year. Until 2009, Miles was slowed by injuries that delayed his arrival as a starting WR.
So if either of them goes down for an extended period, who'll be left to carry on?
Also, don't forget that Dez may still be learning the playbook. They started him off slowly last year. He's still pretty raw and needs more time develop.
So, just like the price of a gallon of gasoline, you may not get your money's worth, but what other choice do you have?
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