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May 15, 2008

Roy Williams at cross roads

It's safe to assume that 2008 is a make or break year for Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams.
After all the talk of the past week about his so called comfortability or lack there of in the Cowboys defense, he needs to have big season or it will be his last in Dallas.

Going another season without a sack or a forced fumble just won't cut it for a player whose lack of big plays have caught up to his now hollow Pro Bowl reputation. Who ever heard of a  Pro Bowl safety being taken off the field on passing downs because he was considered a liability in coverage?

But what's also true is that the same could be said about his performance at training camp this summer.
Williams' contract is such that the Cowboys can let him go in training camp and save roughly $750,000 off of the salary cap.

Now he would count $4.4 million against the 2009 cap but that might be considered a small price to pay to get on with the future at the position.
Consider that with all the additional cornerbacks the Cowboys have on the roster, the much talked about move of cornerback Anthony Henry to safety can finally materialize. Ken Hamlin is a natural strong safety so it would be a seemless transition. Henry to free safety, Hamlin to strong safety and Adam Pacman Jones in at cornerback opposite Terence Newman. Jones would have to do his part by being reinstated to the league.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.


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