Finding vet WR help not as easy you think

September, 29, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- After what happened Monday night against Washington with so much miscommunication between Tony Romo and his young wide receivers there has been a hue and cry for the Cowboys to go get a veteran wide receiver.

Some have asked for Randy Moss. Others have asked for T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Some even Terrell Owens, which is incredibly ridiculous if you think back to how he left here following the 2008 season.

Jason Garrett was asked about the possibility on Wednesday.

“At this point, no,” Garrett said. “We’re always on the lookout to find guys that can help our football team. That’s been an area where we have been banged up. We’ll continue to do that [look] and if there’s somebody who comes across our path that we like and we think might fit and help us, we’ll certainly look at it.”

Now, you could say the “at this point, no,” part of the quote leaves the door open. Maybe it does, but I think that would only happen if Miles Austin or Dez Bryant is lost for the year due to injury.

Finding a real contributor at this time is difficult.

I submit to you Quincy Morgan, Peerless Price and Roy Williams.

In 2004 the Cowboys acquired Morgan from Cleveland. In nine games he caught 22 passes for 260 yards and no touchdowns.

In 2005 the Cowboys signed Price, who was on the street at the time. In seven games he caught six passes for 96 yards from Drew Bledsoe, with whom he excelled in Buffalo.

In 2008 the Cowboys traded for Williams from Detroit. In 10 games he caught 19 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown.

Bringing in a veteran is not the greatest solution.

In 2007, Chris Chambers was traded from Miami to San Diego and caught 35 passes for 555 yards and four touchdowns. That’s pretty good production there. Chambers is available, too.

In 2009 Braylon Edwards caught 35 passes for 541 yards and four scores in 12 games after his trade from Cleveland to the New York Jets. That’s OK production, too, but Edwards never delivered as much as the Jets had hoped.

And let’s look at Moss. Last year he was dealt to Minnesota by New England. In four games he caught 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns before then-coach Brad Childress got tired of him and cut him. Moss then went to Tennessee and he caught six passes for 80 yards and no scores in four games.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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