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Terrance Williams doesn’t regret taking less to stay in Dallas

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When he became a free agent on March 9, receiver Terrance Williams could have signed anywhere. He decided to take less money to stay in Dallas.

Nearly three months later, Williams has no regrets.

It just wasn’t about money to me,” Williams said Saturday, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There was a lot of money I could have taken, but it’s just the people. The guys I hang around with in my locker room and then the coaches that I have. That’s a bigger price tag on it for me than money.”

And so Williams, a third-round pick in 2013, opted to stay put as the No. 2 receiver to Dez Bryant.

“I feel like Mr. Jones took a chance on me and I feel like I got to return the favor to him,” Williams said. “The same with Dez and the rest of my teammates. When you’ve been around certain people for so long, going somewhere else just wouldn’t feel the same if you’re being successful. . . . So to go to a different state and come back home when I see my bros, it just wouldn’t feel the same. I just feel like I owed them the respect that they gave me. I know a lot of people [Cowboys fans] didn’t like it, that’s part of the reason too I came back. Everybody thought I was fixing to go off and take something else and most people were mad too so that’s why I like it.”

He also may like his role, and the Cowboys may like the return they’ll be getting on a four-year, $17 million contract.

“The conversations we had is they’re going to use me a lot more than they have in the past,” Williams said.

He had 44 catches in 2016, down from a career high of 52 in 2015. With Bryant and tight end Jason Witten and slot receivers Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer and running back Ezekiel Elliott, Williams could have a hard time getting to 44 again. He still sees one specific label for himself: “[T]he spark maker.”

“Whenever it gets dull or we do go through a little dry spell, it’s my job to spark us back up and get us back going,” Williams said.

Regardless of whether he succeeds, the Cowboys have to be happy to get him back at $4.25 million per year.

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17 Responses to “Terrance Williams doesn’t regret taking less to stay in Dallas”
  1. dallashomer says: Jun 4, 2017 11:49 PM

    Glad to have him.

  2. cowboysfan1979 says: Jun 4, 2017 11:57 PM

    I’d love to know who offered him more. I doubt he turned down much more than 4 years, $17mm.

  3. DonkeyShowStar says: Jun 5, 2017 1:14 AM

    He stayed for the Superbowl rings we are about to get. Something special is happening here in Cowboy nation.

    #thisisouryear
    #OurOwnerisAHoF

  4. thrifty says: Jun 5, 2017 1:56 AM

    cowboys regress to the mean in 2017 – enjoy the decline in the fall. It’s coming.

  5. medialovesthecowboys says: Jun 5, 2017 2:19 AM

    This will get zero pub, cause it’s the Cowboys, and people love to hate but Williams is going to get a ring.

  6. psj3809 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:39 AM

    Great move to stay with Dallas. Too many people go for the money

    Look at Miles Austin. Career went downhill the second he left to take the big money

  7. degraves says: Jun 5, 2017 7:18 AM

    psj3809 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 4:39 AM

    Great move to stay with Dallas. Too many people go for the money

    Look at Miles Austin. Career went downhill the second he left to take the big money

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    Miles Austin did not leave to chase big money, the Cowboys gave him big money: 6 year 57 million dollar extension. Austin was marred by a series of hamstring injuries.

  8. abninf says: Jun 5, 2017 8:24 AM

    I bet anyone here one million dollars that the Dallas Cowboys win the Super Bowl this season.

  9. stucats says: Jun 5, 2017 8:32 AM

    T-Will has to learn how to catch with his hands better instead of always letting it hit his body, all the good receivers use their hands more than their bodies.

  10. dawkphan says: Jun 5, 2017 8:34 AM

    abninf— what are you 12 ???

  11. eazeback says: Jun 5, 2017 9:03 AM

    abninf says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:24 AM

    I bet anyone here one million dollars that the Dallas Cowboys win the Super Bowl this season.

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    hard to do with a negative balance in your account….smh

  12. fordman84 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:13 AM

    abninf smells like an NFCEast troll, trying to make Dallas fans look bad.

  13. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 5, 2017 9:21 AM

    i doubt jerry will be feeling the same love the second this guy becomes expendable…

  14. thegenghiskahn88 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:32 AM

    I hope they included an incentive that gives him a bonus for not catching more than 50% of the balls thrown to him with his body.

  15. dreadnok89 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:32 AM

    Nobody wants this bonehead. Complete waste as a reciever

  16. lovemesomevikewins says: Jun 5, 2017 12:13 PM

    abninf says:
    Jun 5, 2017 8:24 AM
    I bet anyone here one million dollars that the Dallas Cowboys win the Super Bowl this season.

    ///////////

    Your parents give you a heck of an allowance

  17. mcn88 says: Jun 5, 2017 10:13 PM

    dreadnok89 – In 2016 throws to Terrance Williams netted a passer rating of 124.6 according to profootballfocus, good for 3rd in the league among receivers with a minimum of 40 targets.

    He is not an elite receiver but he is an above average 3rd-4th receiving option on a team that runs the ball as much as Dallas. Not a “complete waste of a receiver”

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