FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran wide receiver Brice Butler, who spent parts of three seasons with the club before signing with the Arizona Cardinals last spring as a free agent.
To make room for Butler, undrafted rookie safety Tyree Robinson has been released, the team announced. This is a sign the Cowboys believe starting safety Xavier Woods will be able to make his season debut Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Woods missed the first two games with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason.
When asked why the Cowboys potentially needed a seventh receiver, coach Jason Garrett said Monday: "Just to be deeper there. If he's available, he's someone we like. He's done some good things for us."
In 2015, the Cowboys acquired Butler in a trade from the Oakland Raiders. In 36 games with the Cowboys, he caught 43 passes for 794 yards and 6 touchdowns. He joined the Cardinals on a two-year deal but was among their final cuts.
The Cowboys have said they will go with a committee approach in their quest to replace Dez Bryant, the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown catches who was cut in April, but now have to figure out how to work a deep rotation.
Williams, a starter in his first five years with the Cowboys, has two catches for 18 yards in the first two games and has played only 29 of 117 offensive snaps.