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Roy Williams, Marion Barber done in Big D

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The Dallas Cowboys are saying goodbye to wide receiver Roy Williams and running back Marion Barber.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told Williams and Barber today that they shouldn’t show up to training camp because they’re going to get cut, ESPNDallas.com is reporting. Williams and Barber are one of a number of cuts the Cowboys are making; guard Leonard Davis is already gone, as is kicker Kris Brown, and tackle Marc Colombo may be next.

Williams has been a major disappointment since the Cowboys shipped first- and third-round picks to the Lions to acquire him. Williams signed a five-year, $45 million contract with $20 million guaranteed with the Cowboys, but he managed just 1,324 receiving yards in 40 games in Dallas.

Barber has been a similar disappointment: He signed a seven-year, $45 million deal in 2008, with $16 million guaranteed, but he has failed to become a 1,000-yard runner and last year gained just 374 yards on 3.3 yards a carry.

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64 Responses to “Roy Williams, Marion Barber done in Big D”
  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jul 26, 2011 2:33 PM

    Sorry to see Barber go but the Roy Williams thing is better news than the Lockout being over.

  2. masamune952 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:33 PM

    1st and a 3rd for roy williams..absolute steal…

  3. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 2:34 PM

    Shocker! (not)

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 26, 2011 2:34 PM

    Good lord what a terrible trade that was for the Cowboys.

    The production they got out of a UDFA in Miles Austin compared to Williams is laughable.

    Marion was a solid back, but his shelf life was limited.

  5. axespray says: Jul 26, 2011 2:34 PM

    Jerry Jones would be a great Baseball Owner tbh.

  6. lionfan419 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:34 PM

    Roy come back to Detroit as our 4th receiver haah.

  7. spokkkknword says: Jul 26, 2011 2:36 PM

    roy is and always will be an overrated scrub jerry jones gave the lions a bargain.marion had one beast mode season and as always jerry jones jumps the gun and over payed another one hit wonder

  8. zeussuperman says: Jul 26, 2011 2:36 PM

    Most lopsided trade since Herschel Walker?

    Survey says…. yes!

  9. pnut87 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    Not saying Roy is a great receiver, quite the opposite. But he can help a team desperate for WR help. Like the Rams or Bears, however he’s already getting buried in the current free agent WR pool.

  10. grant444 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    Luv to see a (knock-wood) healthy Barber plowing people over as a back-up for the Steelers. Mewelde Moore – see ya baby….

  11. phinheads says: Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    Big D is wallowing like the Pats.

  12. steel6times says: Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    Barber will be a quality pick up for someone as a #2 back.

  13. supashug says: Jul 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    I am sure thats EXACTLY what he said, really

  14. jaggedmark says: Jul 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    Jerry Jones, please call Lions GM Martin Mayhew. He has another couple potential deals he’d like to discuss.

  15. macgee10 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    Wow complete overhaul in big D

  16. rambo08 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    Williams still had a better career than most of the other WRs that gas bag Matt Millen drafted.

  17. hastekilled says: Jul 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    I wish Roy could have worked out better for us. But this had to be done. And I thank Marion for 2006 and 2007. He was amazing to watch back then. But isn’t the same back that he used to be. I wish the both luck in the future!

  18. moneymike23 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    good riddance!

  19. upperdecker19 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    Any truth to the rumor that Roy was informed of the decision via uninsured envoloped delivered by the US Postal Service?

  20. jahbird says: Jul 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    This is a HUGE disappointment; mostly ’cause I’m a skins fan and was looking forward to watching these two continue to SUCK in the silver and blue for the next few years.

  21. bdawk20 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    Dallas is 0 for 2 on Roy Williams’s

  22. eyeamlegend says: Jul 26, 2011 2:44 PM

    I wonder which team will “propose” a deal for Williams first?

    Barber was a good back. Seemed to be liked on the field by teamates. Kinda sad to see him go but it’s a business and he didnt meet the numbers. I’m sure he’ll find a good place to play and be a factor next year.

  23. citizenstrange says: Jul 26, 2011 2:46 PM

    I’m always reminded of the Jerry Jones quote on the reason he doesn’t hire a knowledgeable Gm for the Cowboys when he said something like (I’m slightly paraphrasing here) :

    “I would hire a GM in a second if he could look me in the eye and tell me he could do a better job than me.” — Jerry Jones

  24. romosexualtendencies says: Jul 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    I hope Newman is next!

  25. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    Roy has had a heck of a month… lol

  26. bigdan7885 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    There’s so much going on! They should start free agency the week before training camp every year!

  27. bobbyhoying says: Jul 26, 2011 2:48 PM

    Can’t blame the Boys for cutting their losses. At least Jerry Jones accepts his mistakes and moves on – and this is coming from an Eagles’ fan.

  28. karlpilkington says: Jul 26, 2011 2:48 PM

    HMMMMMMMM, so you mean there are other owners out there that make mistakes other than Dan Snyder.

  29. baronvonmonocle says: Jul 26, 2011 2:51 PM

    bdawk20 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 2:43 PM
    Dallas is 0 for 2 on Roy Williams’s
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    Yes, because a safety who makes 5 straight Pro Bowls is clearly a colossal flop.

  30. ademell1 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:51 PM

    Bring him to Oakland! We need a big receiver in a big way and it be best for him because nobody would expect huge numbers…this NEEDS to happen. He won’t demand big dough. For the love of all that is right if Oakland goes into the season with their young corps of receivers again hoping to make it to the playoffs they got another thing coming! SIGN THIS DUDE AL!

  31. str8up12 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:52 PM

    Roy Williams just needs a QB who can get him the ball and I know a team that could use his fly routes. Roy meet Tom, the guy who’s going to salvage your career. For the veteran minimum, that is.

  32. iamthorny says: Jul 26, 2011 2:54 PM

    Matt Millen is champing at the bit to get back into a GM position so he can get him, again, this time as a FA.

  33. simplesimon1 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:56 PM

    Thought they were done in Big D 2 years ago already….My mistake

  34. buzzardpointlookout says: Jul 26, 2011 2:59 PM

    Martin Mayhew earned a couple stripes the day he pulled off that trade. A first AND a third for Roy Williams? Wow. Jerrah got taken behind the woodshed.

  35. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 2:59 PM

    Roy Williams was a bust and the Drafting of Demarco Murray was the writing on the wall for Barber.

  36. heyguru1969 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:02 PM

    Something that no one mentioned here is that while Jerry Jones is a shrewd businessman overall, part of being a success in business is listening to your closest advisors. Both Barber’s extension and the Roy Williams trade came under the same watch. The same underwhelming administration that has crippled the franchise now and for years to come: Wade Phillips and his staff. Say what you want about “great defensive minds”, his decisionmaking overall was horrendous and has set the ‘Boys back years. Hopefully fresh blood will bring back the glory.

  37. chipwade says: Jul 26, 2011 3:02 PM

    Joey Galloway and Roy Williams cost the Cowboys 3 1st rounders, 1 3rd rounder, 1 6th rounder, and $403,950,344(give or take a couple hundred million).

    If the Cowboys just take the players taken with the picks given away they would have much better players than the ones they traded for.

    Hindsight is 20/20.

  38. rpiotr01 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:04 PM

    Marion Barber is Exhibit A of why it’s better to lose a RB a year or two too early than a year too late.

  39. rajbais says: Jul 26, 2011 3:05 PM

    Roy could go to New England as the “big receiver” that’s needed; plus they’ve signed washed up receivers like Torry Holt and Joey Galloway before. Williams could sign in Washington because anyone can get a job when their bosses are idiots. The Redskins have the 3 stooges running the joint (Snyder, “Daddy” (Mike Shanahan) and the “Barfing Baby Boy” (Kyle Shanahan)).

    But he’ll likely sign in Chicago and reunite with Martz because he had his best years under Martz and the Bears like washed up receivers that will likely come for cheap.

    As for Marion Barber, if he’s his true self his best spots would be as a backup in St. Louis and Cleveland because his running style and pass catching skills at their best fit what those teams do.

  40. oxcitybombers says: Jul 26, 2011 3:08 PM

    rambo08 says: Jul 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    Williams still had a better career than most of the other WRs that gas bag Matt Millen drafted.

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    Yea, when he played for the Lions.

  41. centexhorn says: Jul 26, 2011 3:10 PM

    Both of them will land with another team and do fine.

  42. dewalt2990 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:10 PM

    you were Mayhew’d lol.

  43. jkb0162 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:26 PM

    #chipwade

    Don’t think Galloway and Williams cost the Cowboys $400 million. More like thirty to forty million. Still, both were a collossal waste

  44. philleagles says: Jul 26, 2011 3:31 PM

    marion barber to eagles!

  45. ctemp03 says: Jul 26, 2011 3:33 PM

    Hey Roy if you need a job just call Dez. I’m sure you could carry his shoulder pads for a reasonable price! Haha

  46. antalicus says: Jul 26, 2011 3:39 PM

    Roy Williams would have had a better run if he wasn’t being thrown to by Tony Romo.

  47. birdobeamen says: Jul 26, 2011 3:51 PM

    Roy Williams? Nuff said.

    Marion Barber? You mean I won’t get to see him shake his head/dreads vigorously like a moron after a 1 and a half yard gain anymore??? DAMN!

  48. FinFan68 says: Jul 26, 2011 4:08 PM

    Dez Bryant showed up at his house and said that Roy needs to carry his own damn pads but he needs to do that somewhere other than Dallas

  49. comeonnowguys says: Jul 26, 2011 4:13 PM

    Have you ever seen a bigger receiver with a bigger case of alligator arms? If he played hockey he’d be a Canuck.

  50. jbcommonsense says: Jul 26, 2011 4:13 PM

    I’d love to have Roy Williams on the Redskins with a re-signed Santana Moss. They are both very talented, and probably won’t cost much either. I’ve respected Williams’ talent since he was a Lion.

  51. trollaikman8 says: Jul 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    Barber will be a decent #2 on a good team.
    I can see him stepping into a role with the Chargers or Broncos.

  52. darocnessmonsta says: Jul 26, 2011 4:24 PM

    I think the game against the Cardinals when he took his helmet off after a great run for TD and we got a unsportsman like penalty for it that was a point I think jerry jones said ok your done!!!!

  53. itsmammoth says: Jul 26, 2011 4:28 PM

    anyone else wanna tell me Nnamdi isn’t coming to Dallas?

  54. infectorman says: Jul 26, 2011 4:41 PM

    phinheads says:
    Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM
    Big D is wallowing like the Pats.

    Yeah, OK, Patriots are wallowing after a 14-2 season with virtually zero pass-rush?
    Typical Miami fan; High temperature and low football IQ
    When was the last time the porcelain Doll PHins won 14 games? Or won anything for that matter?

  55. momentumtech says: Jul 26, 2011 5:34 PM

    Jerry Jones is one of the worst personnel guys in the league. He has no business making personnel choices when it is well known that he doesn’t know how to evaluate NFL calibre talent. He keeps signing big name players who have nothing left or are all hype to begin with. Leonard Davis is another example of an overpaid player that also got cut today.

    The Cowboys will never get to the top until they hire a genuine GM to make personnel choices for Big D.

  56. momentumtech says: Jul 26, 2011 5:37 PM

    Roy Williams finally gets the separation in Dallas that he could never get on the field.

  57. jdog21b says: Jul 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    itsmammoth says: Jul 26, 2011 4:28 PM

    anyone else wanna tell me Nnamdi isn’t coming to Dallas?

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    Nnambdi isn’t going to Dallas. There, I helped you.

    Teams that are over the cap… must cut players to get under the cap. If the Cowboys really think they are 1 CB away from winning a superbowl.. that would explain cutting half your team for one player. Considering that isn’t the case… I can certainly guarantee Aso is not headed to Dallas.

  58. leftysmoke says: Jul 26, 2011 5:42 PM

    Not a surprise, at all. Both are garbage and Jones might be finally coming to his senses.

  59. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 7:46 PM

    Teams that are over the cap… must cut players to get under the cap. If the Cowboys really think they are 1 CB away from winning a superbowl.. that would explain cutting half your team for one player. Considering that isn’t the case… I can certainly guarantee Aso is not headed to Dallas.

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    He may not be heading to Dallas, but it won’t be because they don’t have the cap room to bring him there. The Cowboys cleared almost $17 million off the books by cutting Barber, Williams, Leonard Davis and kicker Kris Brown and could eeeeeasily clear up over $17 million more by restructuring Romo’s, Ware’s and Austin’s contracts, which is exactly what they plan to do, apparently. IF they are able to resign Doug Free then Mark Colombo will become expendable and his contract represents another 2 or 3 million off the books.

  60. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 8:03 PM

    Jerry Jones is one of the worst personnel guys in the league. He has no business making personnel choices when it is well known that he doesn’t know how to evaluate NFL calibre talent. He keeps signing big name players who have nothing left or are all hype to begin with. Leonard Davis is another example of an overpaid player that also got cut today.

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    Leonard Davis made three Pro Bowls and had one All Pro selection in three seasons with the Cowboys before dropping off the map last year. Try again.

    Tony Romo undrafted (3x Pro Bowl, 72 on NFL Network’s top 100) , Miles Austin undrafted (2X Pro Bowl, #70 on NFL Network’s top 100), Jason Witten 3rd round draft pick (7X Pro Bowl, 5X All Pro, 36 on NFLN Top 100), Andre Gurode 2nd round draft pick (5 Pro Bowls, 2 All Pro, ranked #57 on NFL Network’s top 100), Jay Ratliff 7th round pick (3X Pro Bowl, 1X All Pro, 75 on the NFLN list).

    And that’s just guys that Jones either drafted way later than they should have been or weren’t drafted at all.

  61. mdnittlion says: Jul 26, 2011 8:45 PM

    @ melonnhead

    Dude the pro bowl is just a big scrimmage game. Players that never win anything need it on their record if they ever want to make it to the Hall of fame. Don’t get all defensive about it hell the governor of Hawaii doesn’t think the game is that important he’d rather his state be known for gay marriage than an overblown game of two hand touch with some occasional contact. Being Pro Bowl MVP is like being the slimmest kid at fat camp.

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    More to the point I wanted to say Roy Williams was done on Thanksgiving when Malcolm Jenkins took the ball & victory right out of his hands on national TV. There is no way to justify that lose if your the Cowboys.

  62. Soulman45 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:23 PM

    The cowgirls gave away 36millions for nothing that the way to build a team.
    HELLO IS ANY ONE AT HOME???????????????????

  63. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 12:35 AM

    Dude the pro bowl is just a big scrimmage game. Players that never win anything need it on their record if they ever want to make it to the Hall of fame. Don’t get all defensive about it hell the governor of Hawaii doesn’t think the game is that important he’d rather his state be known for gay marriage than an overblown game of two hand touch with some occasional contact. Being Pro Bowl MVP is like being the slimmest kid at fat camp.

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    Oh, I see, so you’re saying that Romo, Austin, Witten, Gurode, and Ratliff suck. You could have saved a lot of typing if you’d just said that in the first place.

  64. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 7:06 PM

    @ melonnhead

    I never said anybody sucks, I’m simply saying pointing out pro bowls is kind of pointless unless you have a ring to go with it. The 5 guys you mentioned I think are pretty good, but the overall team that surrounds them isn’t that talented. But if you think I’m wrong so be it.

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