Dallas Cowboys: Roy L. Williams

S Roy Williams plans to retire as Cowboy

August, 7, 2010
CANTON, Ohio – Safety Roy Williams has been a Cincinnati Bengal for a little more than a year. But he’ll consider himself a Dallas Cowboy for the rest of his life.

The Cowboys released Williams last offseason. When Jerry Jones informed the five-time Pro Bowler of the decision, the Cowboys’ owner asked if there was anything he could do for Williams.

“I want to retire as a Cowboy,” said Williams, who recalled the moment as he toured the Pro Football Hall of Fame a day before meeting his former team in the preseason opener.

Jones told Williams to consider it done. They agreed that Williams would sign a one-day contract with the Cowboys when he decided to retire, a ceremonious gesture Jones has given such players as Emmitt Smith and Larry Allen over the years.

Williams, who is entering his ninth NFL season, doesn’t know exactly when that day will come but acknowledged that the end of his career could be near.
SAN ANTONIO -- Before leaving training camp for Canton, Ohio, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked about the upcoming game against the Bengals which features a few ex-Cowboys.

Terrell Owens, Roy L. Williams, Adam Jones and Tank Johnson are on the squad. Of course, Jones had the most problems with Owens, who tried to cause a riot in the Cowboys locker room, and Jones, who got into a scrum with his team-issued body guard, registering a suspension from the league.

Jones said he wouldn't second-guess himself about signing Owens, Jones and Johnson and understands why Bengals president Mike Brown would do it.

"To me it shows the positive qualities that they could bring to a team and I respect Mike Brown," Jones said. "With that comes the iffiness. Are these guys going to contribute to the team concept? I've done it and I will do it again?