Former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams was still at his home in Odessa when he got the word from owner Jerry Jones that he was going to be released.
Williams said Jones told him the move was being made for salary cap reasons.
Though he was disappointed, the former Longhorn star reacted in true Williams fashion.
Known for being too open and honest, Williams said "It is a business. It is what it is. It's a business. I would have done the same thing."
Williams never lived up to expectations after the Cowboys gave up four draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2009, to get him from Detroit in the middle of the 2008 season. In 40 games with the Cowboys, he had 94 catches for 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns. Williams, who signed a contract extension with the Cowboys on the day of the trade, was scheduled to make a $5.1 million base salary and would have counted $9.5 million against the cap.
He was going to be the third receiver in 2011 behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
Williams said he appreciated the opportunity he got to come home. He regrets things didn't turn out the way he hoped and dreamed. But he said it was a good experience.
"It wasn't even close to what I thought it was going to be," Williams said. "I appreciated the opportunity Mr. Jones gave me. I just a chance to play with three of the best players I have ever seen in Jason Witten, Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware. It was a great opportunity. But it's over."
Williams said he is not thinking about retiring and will continue with his career.
He says he still has a lot of good football left.
"I'm still going to play," Williams said., "We will see what happens. My teammates know what I'm capable of. I don't think I'm washed up or done. It didn't work out there. It will work out somewhere."
Williams said he is not worried about free agency right now and will wait and see what happens.
He has always been fond of Bears coordinator Mike Martz from their days together in Detroit. The Bears need receiver help so Chicago is an obvious option for him.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.