Jerry: I'd love to have Roy Williams trade back
July, 30, 2011
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
SAN ANTONIO -- There is absolutely no denying that the Roy Williams deal was a disaster for Dallas.
“I’d love to have that trade back,” Jerry Jones said, stating the obvious about a trade that cost the Cowboys first- and third-round picks for a receiver released days ago after two-and-a-half extremely disappointing seasons in Dallas.
Williams caught 94 passes for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns in 40 games for the Cowboys. For what it cost to get him -- including the five-year, $45 contract extension Williams signed days after the trade -- the Cowboys expected that kind of production from him per season.
Jerry tries to justify why the deal didn’t work out by noting that the Cowboys didn’t know Miles Austin would develop into a 1,000-yard receiver or that they would draft Dez Bryant. But that doesn’t affect how history will judge the deal.
Troy Aikman declared in 2008 that it’d go down as one of the worst trades in NFL history if Williams didn’t pan out in Dallas. That’s the painful truth.
“I’ve made a lot worse mistakes,” Jerry volunteered.
He mentioned two trades in particular as candidates for his biggest gaffe. One was giving up second- and fifth-round picks for running back Alonzo Highsmith despite two doctors warning him of a career-ending knee condition. The second, of course, was the Joey Galloway trade.
Jerry gave up two No. 1 picks for Galloway in 2000 and gave him a rich contract, hoping he’d give Aikman the weapon needed to make the Cowboys contenders again. Galloway blew out his knee in his first game and finished his four-year-tenure in Dallas with 151 catches, 2,341 yards, 12 touchdowns and no playoff wins.
That creates a pretty good barstool debate for Cowboys fans with a tear in their beer. Which blockbuster deal for a high-dollar receiver was worse?
“I’d personally flip a coin on that,” said the man who pulled the trigger on both trades.