SAN ANTONIO -- Understandably Jason Garrett is in the business of looking forward as the Cowboys head coach but Friday was the first time he met with the media since the release of Marion Barber, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo and Roy Williams.
He paid compliments to all four players and spoke a little about his relationship with them over the four years they were together.
Of the four, however, Williams produced the least.
The Cowboys gave up three draft picks to Detroit and $27 million in guaranteed to get Williams and he caught 94 passes for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns in 37 games.
It wasn’t all Williams’ fault, but why didn’t the homecoming work out?
“I want to go forward on this, but we wish Roy well,” Garrett said. “He was a contributor for us. HE made a lot of plays for us. He scored a lot of touchdowns. He was particularly good in the red area. But we had other players on offense that were also strong contributors over the last three years when Roy was here. We have a tight end that was very productive and been a Pro Bowl player. We’ve had Pro Bowl receivers play opposite Roy. We like to get the running game going, so there’s only one football in the game. We appreciate Roy’s contributions and his approach and when he had the opportunities for the most part he took advantage of them.”
To me, that means Williams was almost a superfluous decision to acquire in a trade, which is never the way to do business. The Cowboys knew then they had only one football to go around, yet made a deal that Troy Aikman said would be the worst in NFL history if it didn’t work out.
That might be too harsh, but it certainly didn't work out