With Matt Millen Gone, Lions Still Aren't Interested in Trading Roy Williams

Even before somebody woke William Clay Ford up long enough to have him fire Matt Millen, there was speculation that 2004 first-round pick Roy Williams might be traded. It didn't happen this offseason, even though the Cowboys were supposedly very interested, and now that Millen's out the door, rumors have resurfaced about Williams' eventual whereabouts.

According to Mlive.com's Tom Kowalski, the Lions have no interest in moving one of their best players, at least not before the Oct. 14 trade deadline.

[New Detroit Lions general manager Martin] Mayhew said that he has no plans to open trade talks involving receiver Roy Williams, who will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. Like every GM in the league, Mayhew said he would listen to any offers but he doesn't expect to make any calls concerning Williams and doesn't expect to receive any.

So there you have it; Williams will finish out his rookie contract in Detroit, and presumably, be somewhere else in 2009 ... unless there's a chance that the home-state Cowboys make a play for him in the coming weeks.

The Dallas Morning News' Tim MacMahon wonders if the Cowboys might be interested since owner Jerry Jones is forever on the lookout for a "wow" receiver to line up opposite Terrell Owens, but then (correctly, I think) answers his own question.

I'd advise against it. The Cowboys would be taking on a potentially dangerous chemistry experiment by adding a receiver in the middle of the season, plus Williams would have to learn the scheme on the fly. The Cowboys' passing game is just fine with Miles Austin providing a big-play threat to make teams pay for scheming to stop T.O.

MacMahon writes that adding Williams might make sense during the winter, but taking him on in the middle of the season has the potential to create more problems than it solves.

All fair points, I think, and it's not like Dallas' offense has been sputtering the first three weeks of the season. Now, nobody's confusing Miles Austin with Roy Williams (the receiver; maybe the safety, though), but as long as T.O., Jason Witten, Marion Barber and Felix Jones are in the lineup, it doesn't really matter who's penciled in as the No. 2 receiver.

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