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Monday, March 8, 2010
Boldin deal makes Williams trade look worse

By Tim MacMahon

Troy Aikman declared last year that the Roy Williams trade would go down as one of the worst in NFL history if the receiver was a bust in Dallas.

The deal looks even worse now.

Jerry Jones and Co. should have winced when the Baltimore Ravens traded for Anquan Boldin, even though it weakened an NFC contender in the Arizona Cardinals. The package the Ravens shipped to the desert pales in comparision to what the Cowboys gave to Detroit.

A comparison of the two trades:

*The Ravens gave up third- and fourth-round picks for Boldin and a fifth-rounder. Baltimore gave Boldin a three-year, $25 million extension.

*The Cowboys gave up first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Williams and a seventh-rounder. Dallas gave Williams a five-year, $45 million extension.

A comparison of the two receivers:

*Boldin, 29, has 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns in seven seasons. He's had five 1,000-yard campaigns and gone to three Pro Bowls.

*Williams, 28, has 4,678 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons. He's had one 1,000-yard campaign and gone to one Pro Bowl.

The Cowboys overpaid for a great receiver ... and got a subpar one. Baltimore got a bargain for a much better player.