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LIONS' WILLIAMS ON THE MARKET?

Despite an 0-3 start and a little thing called the salary cap that prevents them from paying top dollar to two elite wideouts, the Lions claim that they don’t plan to trade receiver Roy Williams.
On Thursday, new G.M. Martin “I’m Sad My Longtime Friend And Boss Got Fired But I’m Happy I Got His Job” Mayhew announced the team’s intentions, but at the same time indicated that he would listen to any offers.
That tells us that the Lions are trying to get the word out that Williams is available, without losing any leverage.
As the season already looks like a lost cause for the Lions and given the presence of several high-end teams who might be able to utilize Williams’ services in search of a Super Bowl title, franchises like the Cowboys, Eagles, and even the Giants (especially with the Plaxico Burress situation) would be wise to call Mayhew, and Mayhew would be wise to take the best offer he can get.
Williams is in the final year of his rookie deal.  Second-year receiver Calvin Johnson is an emerging force.  As the Cardinals have learned the hard way, it’s impossible to pay two high-end receivers market value. 
The other possibility would be to keep Williams through 2008, slap the franchise tag on him in February, and trade him for a 2009 draft pick.  The risk with that approach is that, if Williams suffers a serious injury over the next 13 games, he’d have far less trade value.

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64 Responses to “LIONS' WILLIAMS ON THE MARKET?”
  1. hatch says: Sep 26, 2008 8:07 AM

    If the Cowboys get him, then the Super Bowl is all but assured for Dallas.

  2. Hollywood Wags says: Sep 26, 2008 8:22 AM

    “If the Cowboys get him, then the Super Bowl is all but assured for Dallas.”
    Last year…
    “If the Patriots get him, then the Super Bowl is all but assured for New England.”

  3. freedomispopular says: Sep 26, 2008 8:34 AM

    Yeah hatch, that was a very intelligent and logical comment.

  4. titans_fan says: Sep 26, 2008 8:34 AM

    He’d look good in a Titan’s uni
    As for Cowboys, he’s not gonna help them stop choking in the playoffs

  5. 26Hawk says: Sep 26, 2008 8:36 AM

    I can’t see one player on the Lion roster that ISN’T available. If old boy Ford did this right, he’d hire a top flight GM (one that can hire a first line personnel guy) right away. The Lions need a great job of scouting this college class so they finally ace a draft. They have a roster devoid of NFL talent. They must turn that around immediately

  6. JckVncenz says: Sep 26, 2008 8:38 AM

    Sweet, maybe the Browns should get him so Derek Anderson has another receiver to under throw passes to.

  7. reo says: Sep 26, 2008 8:39 AM

    Titans

  8. Millertime1552 says: Sep 26, 2008 8:40 AM

    If the Cowboys get him, they will still choke in the playoffs

  9. batfreight says: Sep 26, 2008 8:42 AM

    Millen, Morninweig, Mariucci, Marinelli and now Mayhew? …Haven’t the Lions learned their lesson with M’s…

  10. bman33431 says: Sep 26, 2008 8:42 AM

    IF DALLAS GETS HIM; TO BECOMES SO JEALOUS, HE STARTS DOING PUSH UPS ON THE STAR DURING THE GAME….SAYS WILLIAMS SLEEPS WITH LIL CHILDREN AND CALLS ROMO A FAG. END OF SEASON!!!

  11. Youngstown says: Sep 26, 2008 8:43 AM

    The Lions should trade Roy Williams if they continue to lose, it seems like they are barely using him anyways and he would attract good value for him esp.draft picks, he still is a #1 quality WR and the way Kitna is throwing the ball, Calvin Johnson is their go to guy in that offense now.

  12. joemommascallin says: Sep 26, 2008 8:45 AM

    How about the Cowboys win a playoff game this
    decade before we proclaim them the second coming of Christ!!!!!!

  13. stini777 says: Sep 26, 2008 8:46 AM

    Williams, Curtis, Jackson….Williams, Curtis, Jackson…..Williams, Curtis, Jackson….if I say it enough times, will it come true?

  14. BrianDawkBrook says: Sep 26, 2008 8:51 AM

    All but assured….until Tony Romo has to touch the football in an important playoff situation

  15. northeagle says: Sep 26, 2008 9:05 AM

    It should be interesting to see if Williams does get traded to a playoff contender – October 14th is the trading deadline so we should know soon.

  16. samh says: Sep 26, 2008 9:17 AM

    The problem is that you can’t just plug in a wide receiver and expect top-level performance. It would take weeks, maybe longer, to get a guy ready to play.

  17. icase81 says: Sep 26, 2008 9:20 AM

    Here should be the eagles game plan:
    1. Release/Trade/Demote to towelboy Reggie Brown (he sucks, period)
    2. Get Roy Williams
    3. Line up Williams, Jackson, Curtis
    4. ???
    5. Profit

  18. scorpiodsu says: Sep 26, 2008 9:22 AM

    I think the Eagles should try and get him. They made several attempts this offseason to get a receiver to no avail. But if he is available, they have 2 first round picks for next year. Trade one of the those picks straight up for him. That would a scary team… McNabb, Westbrook, Curtis, DeSean Jackson, and Williams all on the field at the same time. And then the defense…. OMG!

  19. gillek02 says: Sep 26, 2008 9:26 AM

    Too bad he is in our division. I think he would look good in Purple. ‘Course we say that for every receiver that comes on the market.

  20. G-man says: Sep 26, 2008 9:40 AM

    Roy Williams is going nowhere this year.
    Frankly, as a Lions fan, I’d like to see him traded for a high draft pick. Before Millen got fired, I didn’t because Millen would have blown the pick.
    Now, with the new GM coming in, I say start stockpiling draft picks and rebuild the franchise.

  21. brooks07 says: Sep 26, 2008 9:41 AM

    The Bucs could really use Williams. I hope Gruden and Allen can actually close a deal on a good WR before the trade deadline closes because Galloway is pretty much done.

  22. east96st says: Sep 26, 2008 9:51 AM

    What you didn’t tell us Florio is what is his salary and who has the cap room? It’s one thing to need/want the guy, it’s another to be able to work him in under the cap.

  23. db3300 says: Sep 26, 2008 9:53 AM

    “As for Cowboys, he’s not gonna help them stop choking in the playoffs”
    That’s pretty funny coming from a Titan fan. Take a look at your team’s history. And I mean all of it – not just since they moved to town. It was so bad, the Texans didn’t fight them for it the way the Browns did. IIRC, the Titans retain ownership of the biggest choke job in NFL history. Don’t forget all those times they couldn’t get past the Steelers. Help me out: when was the last title for Bud?
    If you’re going to insult a person’s team, you’d better have a couple of trophies before talking smack.
    Most Cowboy fans don’t want Williams unless he plans on playing cheap – which he said he won’t do. He’s a weak #2 who expects to be paid like a #1. I think he’s been over 1000 yards once even though he was the focus of the offense. The big need to sign Williams dried up when TO was signed to an extension. Glenn was let go so that the team could see what it’s other receivers could do. He’s (Williams) also lazy. No thanks. You can have him.

  24. evil says: Sep 26, 2008 9:53 AM

    Al Davis is just dying to get his hands on Roy so they can kill another players career after they throw the bank at him.
    Philly should offer up Ronnie Brown and a draft pick.

  25. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 9:55 AM

    “He’d look good in a Titan’s uni”
    Only chicks and toddlers look good in baby blue.

  26. sdffa11 says: Sep 26, 2008 9:56 AM

    joe banner needs to get him but i wouldnt give up more than a 2nd round pick for williams. while the eagles do need him, they have other holes to fill on this team to prepare for the future and using both our first round picks on high prospect left and right tackles can provide some relief since thomas and runyan are in their last year in an eagles uniforms. using our 1st rounder to getting another safety to replace soon to be retired dawkins wouldnt hurt either

  27. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 9:57 AM

    “Williams, Curtis, Jackson….Williams, Curtis, Jackson…..Williams, Curtis, Jackson….if I say it enough times, will it come true? ”
    Sorry man… if he goes to Philly, he’d immediately become “the man”, and you know how DMac has to be “the man” or he pouts.

  28. jjhsix says: Sep 26, 2008 10:01 AM

    Even with Branch and Engram coming back, the Seahawks should be involved in these trade talks. Engram is old and Branch hasn’t proven much in Seattle.

  29. blazinMOSS84 says: Sep 26, 2008 10:16 AM

    db3300 u clown u obviously dont know what real cowboy fans want, roy the toy is a hometown texas kid hes got the talent and the boys would love to have him lined up across from TO, and stats mean nothing in Detroit so throw them out the window the kid can play

  30. Bill In DC says: Sep 26, 2008 10:17 AM

    “Philly should offer up Ronnie Brown and a draft pick.”
    Then Dallas should offer up Darren McFadden and a draft pick.

  31. delakern says: Sep 26, 2008 10:19 AM

    you forgot to add the redskins to the list; they’d probably give 3 first rounders.

  32. Slow Joe says: Sep 26, 2008 10:19 AM

    I’d beg and pray that he’d go to the Bucs, but then Griese would just overthrow him.

  33. CameraMan says: Sep 26, 2008 10:24 AM

    Yeah, the Dallas Cowboys really need a wide receiver, as evidenced by their being a top five offense every year since 2006….jest terrible.
    Dallas is becoming the NFL’s Yankees….so much talent, so little success.

  34. WheresSeptien says: Sep 26, 2008 10:28 AM

    So many Cowboys haters out there. A bunch of jealous little girls…..

  35. gwizyadig says: Sep 26, 2008 10:31 AM

    Boy, a lot of you ladies hate the Cowboys. i think you should stop whining and face the inevitable–the Boys will win the Super Bowl this year. Stop crying about it and man up

  36. Bearable says: Sep 26, 2008 10:31 AM

    This is all hype! Period!!!!
    Roy Williams will be a free agent at the end of the year as Detriot will blow up the whole thing again for structuring since 1958.
    There isn’t a NFL team willing to give up a 1st round pick for free agent becoming a free agent in five months.
    Roy hires Drew Rousenhaus and lands either with the EAGLES OR DALLAS NEXT YEAR!

  37. bwnyc says: Sep 26, 2008 10:42 AM

    Other comments have been too complex. Here’s mine:
    PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. PhillyPhan610 says: Sep 26, 2008 11:03 AM

    Evil, I think you mean Reggie Brown? Ronnie Brown is the Running Back/Quarterback of the Miami Dolphins

  39. NR4 says: Sep 26, 2008 11:12 AM

    The Bucs COULD use Williams, but they R too cheap too spend market.
    Trade proposal: M Clayton, Stovall, J Garcia, Dexter Jackson, 2009 #3pick, the Ghost of Sapp’s fat azz and a partridge in a pear tree. All that is pretty much dead weight anyway, except the # 3 pick.

  40. TitanPride says: Sep 26, 2008 11:19 AM

    @ Vox Veritas
    Your mom looked good in baby blue at the bar last night…..

  41. overkil2 says: Sep 26, 2008 11:22 AM

    The Dolphins need a #1 receiver. I just don’t know is the Tuna is willing to part with a high draft pick. We still have a lot of holes on the team.

  42. CameraMan says: Sep 26, 2008 11:24 AM

    WheresSeptien says:
    September 26th, 2008 at 10:28 am
    So many Cowboys haters out there. A bunch of jealous little girls…..
    Yes, because I wish my team could have gone the last 12 years without a playoff win. Dammit, why’d they have to go out and win in January.

  43. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 11:35 AM

    Here should be the eagles game plan:
    1. Release/Trade/Demote to towelboy Reggie Brown (he sucks, period)
    2. Get Roy Williams
    3. Line up Williams, Jackson, Curtis
    4. ???
    5. Profit
    =============================
    Here’s the actual plan:
    1 – Profit. As much as possible.
    2 – No more high profile offensive free agents. Especially wide receivers.
    3 – Field a team that the fans can be proud of.
    4 – But not one that is capable of winning a Super Bowl. All Super Bowl wins lead to are free agent defections and players bitching about how little they make. See #1.
    5 – On the way to the bank, laugh heartily.

  44. ProfNozesall says: Sep 26, 2008 11:39 AM

    Roy Williams (the Lions’ WR, not the cowflops’ turnstile) is a legit #1 WR, if not a top #1. Whether he’s a #1 or a #2 depends on the other WRs on a given team. In Detroit, he was a #1, but with the emergence of Johnson is now a #2. On Dallas, he’d be a #2; ditto NYG (assuming Plax doesn’t blow up). For the Eagles and Skins, he’d be a #1; ditto for the Bucs, Vikes, Raiduhs, and most other NFL teams.
    IOW, he’s worth something in trade, and the Lions would be smart to at least find out what teams are willing to do before the deadline.
    Ditto the Cards for Boldin, though they still believe they could be a playoff team this year, so moving him is unlikely.
    And mega-ditto the Chiefs for Gonzales. Tony is older than Roy and is a TE, but he can go deep as well as make the possession/FD/red zone catches. For teams looking for help this year, and that don’t have a great TE, Tony may be a better choice than Roy.

  45. clemenza says: Sep 26, 2008 11:39 AM

    detriot can pick any of our wide outs beside jackson and a draft pick( a 1 or 2)this guy is not owens but still would look great in eagles green,bring him to philly and move one of our wr’s but not the kid jackson…get it done banner !!!!

  46. Pea Tear Griffin says: Sep 26, 2008 11:41 AM

    Um, to the Philly Phans who want to see Jackson, Curtis, and Williams on the field at the same time…. you’d have to see Curtis on the field first.

  47. fretileoctogenarian says: Sep 26, 2008 11:44 AM

    Detroit–>Roy Williams + 2nd round pick to Philly
    Philly–> Reggie Brown, Lito Sheppard + one of their two first round picks to Detroit.
    Joe Banner if you make this happen I’ll get you a one year membership to the Hair Club for Men!

  48. empty13 says: Sep 26, 2008 11:54 AM

    Franchise him, then trade for 2010 pick
    Before oct 14 ya get nuthin
    Get ad many pix as possible

  49. navyation says: Sep 26, 2008 11:55 AM

    meh…carolina doesnt really need him…as long as he doesnt go NFC south i’m happy.

  50. seatofmypants says: Sep 26, 2008 12:07 PM

    As a NY Giants fan let me say this to all of the cowboy fans –
    Win a playoff game before talking…. You can’t win a Superbowl if you can’t make it out of your first playoff game of the season.
    Remember, the Giants went on the road to beat the Bucs, the Cowboys, the Packers and the Patriots.
    Here is the Cowboys Playoff record since their last playoff win on
    • Jan. 13, 2008 – NFL Divisional – New York 21, Dallas 17
    • Jan. 6, 2007 – NFC Wild Card – Seattle 21, Dallas 20
    • Jan. 3, 2004 – NFC Wild Card – Carolina 29, Dallas 10
    • Jan. 9, 2000 – NFC Wild Card – Minnesota 27, Dallas 10
    • Jan. 2, 1999 – NFC Wild Card – Arizona 20, Dallas 7
    • Jan. 5, 1997 – NFC Divisional – Carolina 26, Dallas 17
    • Dec. 28, 1996 – NFC Wild Card – Dallas 40, Minnesota 15 * last cowboy playoff win

  51. titans_fan says: Sep 26, 2008 12:08 PM

    db3300,
    Huh? Since the team I’m a fan of doesn’t have any trophies I can’t say anything about the Cowboys choking in the playoffs? That doesn’t make any sense.
    At least we have won a playoff game (or five) over the last decade.

  52. Southernboi727 says: Sep 26, 2008 12:16 PM

    The Bucs should make a play for him. Give the lions a fair deal. If they got him at least it would make the defense try to cover the recievers we have instead of stacking the box with 8 or 9 defenders like the bears did last week. The bucs need something. Cause the way the season is looking, the rushing game isn’t gonna show up every week. And griese isn’t gonna have career days every week.

  53. Youngstown says: Sep 26, 2008 12:25 PM

    I think Roy Williams would be a better fit for the Cowboys, then the Eagles. Eagles seem to be doing fine with their current WRs, and with Kevin Curtis coming back i think Mcnaab would prefer not having a #1 go to guy, but a bunch of WRs who aren’t bad and will catch the ball.
    Dallas on the other hand has a top offense already, but Romo only has 2 reliable receivers in T.O and Witten. If Roy Williams happend to join the Cowboys, they could move Crayton to the slot and put R.Williams at the #2, which sounds scary but i would not be suprised if Jerry Jones went for Roy by giving up future draft picks, since the Cowboys are pretty much set at all starting postions on that team, with depth at key postions so giving up draft picks wont really hurt them. T.O is getting a little older and Roy is still fairly young, so Roy would eventually be the #1 WR after T.O retires.
    Just my thought, and sh*t only if the Browns could get Roy Williams maybe that would save their season! I doubt it would, but nothing wrong with dreaming.

  54. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 12:48 PM

    “Your mom looked good in baby blue at the bar last night….. ”
    Figures, since my mom’s a waitress at a gay bar.

  55. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 12:51 PM

    “As a NY Giants fan let me say this to all of the cowboy fans -”
    None of that’s gonna save your asses this year.

  56. Vox Veritas says: Sep 26, 2008 12:54 PM

    “At least we have won a playoff game (or five) over the last decade. ”
    Enjoy the immense post-season success the Titans have experienced. What high standards you have. “At least? No. “At most”.

  57. Pea Tear Griffin says: Sep 26, 2008 1:34 PM

    “Figures, since my mom’s a waitress at a gay bar.”
    Haha, funniest comeback ever! Thank you Vox. That made my day. hahaha.

  58. teetee says: Sep 26, 2008 1:53 PM

    if the eagles want a receiver they should try and steal Tory Holt from the Rams while their club is in disarray. williams will want waaaay too much cash for his production. Holt could put the Iggles over the top this year, and would be a great mentor for DeSean Jackson, williams won’t put the eagles over the top – ever…

  59. jyernberg says: Sep 26, 2008 4:32 PM

    i know williams is a pretty god talent, but since when is he an elite reciever? maybe someone should tell him that elite recievers usually put up 100 yards a game, not total 100 yards every two games.

  60. Fade 2 Black says: Sep 26, 2008 5:44 PM

    Now he would look GOOD
    in Midnight Green!

  61. CameraMan says: Sep 27, 2008 6:13 PM

    Vox Veritas says:
    September 26th, 2008 at 12:48 pm
    “Your mom looked good in baby blue at the bar last night….. ”
    “Figures, since my mom’s a waitress at a gay bar.”
    A job she got so she could be close to her baby boy.

  62. ilovejesus says: Sep 27, 2008 9:56 PM

    I think the baltimore ravens should make a trade for Roy Williams. They have the #1 defense in the league with an offense that has an emerging offensive line and running game. Also, a new coach, offensive quarter and a rookie qb with great upside. Right now they have possession and slot receivers. A big play receiver may be the one last missing piece for this team.

  63. Swive says: Sep 28, 2008 11:40 AM

    “i know williams is a pretty god talent, but since when is he an elite reciever? maybe someone should tell him that elite recievers usually put up 100 yards a game, not total 100 yards every two games.”
    Of course, elite receivers usually have good quarterbacks throwing good passes to them. Kitna’s “accuracy” has been horrendous this year, and the two QBs behind Quitna are a fifth round draft pick from a couple of years ago, and a second year player that Martz insisted go on IR before the season started. Now, give Royboy a good QB, and much better things will happen.

  64. rocman101 says: Sep 29, 2008 1:03 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    Sorry man… if he goes to Philly, he’d immediately become “the man”, and you know how DMac has to be “the man” or he pouts.
    Hmm. Is this T.O.? Sounds like something that he said in an interveiw a couple weeks ago.

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