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On Roy Williams, Bears commit a possible false start, too

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After Albert Breer of NFL Network reported that the Eagles had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Vince Young, Adam Schefter of ESPN pointed out that the Eagles had jumped the gun, given that Young has yet to appear on the NFL’s official transaction report.

Ironically, a separate report from Schefter should trigger similar scrutiny.

Schefter reported earlier this morning that the Bears have agreed to terms with former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams, who like Young was cut after 4:00 p.m. ET Thursday and who like Young has yet to appear on the official transaction report, which will be published on or not long after 4:00 p.m. ET Friday.

Schefter has now backed off, reporting only that Williams wants to do a deal with the Bears.  “ESPN.com initially reported Williams and the Bears had agreed to a deal,” Schefter writes.  “However, Williams cannot begin talks with the Bears until after he appears on the league’s waiver wire at 4 p.m. ET.”

All due respect to our friend Schefty (and that’s not sarcasm, I like him), we don’t understand how the rule technically prohibiting contact before Williams appears on the transaction report makes Schefter’s initial report that an agreement is in place wrong.

It feels like Schefter is taking the bullet unnecessarily on this one.  In order to throw a bone to the Bears, Schefter is admitting that he badly whiffed.  He reported that the Bears have a deal with Williams.  He’s now reporting, essentially, that there has been no contact between the Bears and Williams.

Even if, you know, there has been.

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11 Responses to “On Roy Williams, Bears commit a possible false start, too”
  1. unclehilroy says: Jul 29, 2011 10:26 AM

    Don’t worry. Based on his performance the past few years, Roy Williams will make those five yards up by Week 11.

  2. woodg8 says: Jul 29, 2011 10:33 AM

    Any player with more than 4 years service becomes an UFA as soon as they’re cut, no waiver wire process, those rules don’t apply

  3. 52sackmachine says: Jul 29, 2011 10:40 AM

    Every team knows how to stop this guy,as a packer fan, I welcome him to Chicago,just more oppurtunities to make this guy look as bad as he really is. Bears fans, let a better offensive weapon, Olsen go, and all signs point to this guy, a poor mans Willie Gault taking over in Chi-town!

  4. bleedgreen says: Jul 29, 2011 11:10 AM

    woodg8 says: Jul 29, 2011 10:33 AM

    Any player with more than 4 years service becomes an UFA as soon as they’re cut, no waiver wire process, those rules don’t apply
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    You missed the part where they have to appear on an official NFL report. And being as they were cut after 4PM, they don’t appear on that report until TODAY.

  5. blueintown says: Jul 29, 2011 11:17 AM

    ..all signs point to this guy, a poor mans Willie Gault taking over in Chi-town!
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    Roy Williams is not similar to Willie Gault in any way whatsoever.

  6. wearshades88 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:22 AM

    You don’t know what irony means do you?

  7. jfever24 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:28 AM

    I’m not a bears fan at all… But I am a fan of well played football, effort, heart, determination, etc. Roy Williams is a failure and I don’t care if Mike Martz thinks he can do something with him…. In Nov and December when Solider field is frozen I’m not thinking If I were Cutler I’d like to be trusting a guy like R. Williams. Oh well, as a vikings fan…. I absolutely love this move! Even better, trading a first round pick in G. Olsen to the NFC south Carolina Panthers for a Third round pick…. Wow.

  8. iamthorny says: Jul 29, 2011 11:42 AM

    Roy freaking Williams???? Are you gunning for that first overall so you can take Luck and cut Cutler?

    The only separation the Bears offense is able to get is Cutler from his wacko tv reality former fiancee.

  9. gs7101 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:08 PM

    Rules are rules; however, I highly doubt many teams were lining up to sign Williams. Perhaps he will find a Bears rookie to carry his gear after practice — something Dez Bryant refuse to do during training camp last year. Jerry Jones just told Williams not to report to training camp in San Antonio; now Bryant is projected to be one of the team’s starting wide receivers.

  10. trimgod69 says: Jul 29, 2011 4:57 PM

    hopefully the nfl finds that the bears tampered, and will get nailed for it, and void any contact between Dabears, and roy williams. As a bears fan, that’s what i’m hoping anyway……
    get ur head outta your azz angelo…….

  11. whiskeyontherox says: Jul 29, 2011 6:45 PM

    That was one of the biggest mistakes Jerry Jones has ever made…soooooooo glad he is gone. As much as I disliked T.O., at least he could catch the ball.

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