Roy Williams, Marion Barber done in Big D

AP

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.

64 responses to “Roy Williams, Marion Barber done in Big D

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. #chipwade

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

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!!!

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. @ 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.

  38. 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.

  39. @ 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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