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September 08, 2012

In training camp interview, Stephen Jones said he takes full responsibility for both Roy Williams disappointments

In a training camp interview, Cowboys executive vice president said he takes full responsibility for the Roy Williams trade in 2008 that cost the Cowboys first- and third-round picks and $45 million in a contract extension for the former Texas receiver.

Williams announced his retirement Saturday in a Facebook post.

“Those things really hurt you when you spend the resources and the picks. It sets you back,” Jones said in the August interview about his 23 years with the Cowboys. He was talking about some of the disappointments he’s had as a decision-maker with the Cowboys.

“I take full responsibility for all those things. Jerry has, too, but I was in support of getting a veteran receiver in Joey Galloway and Roy Williams. Loved him coming out of college. We’ve got to do better than that. It sets you back. Not only do you give up picks, but the money. That’s how you don’t get to where you want to go, is making mistakes like that, and we have to own up to them.”

Jones said another frustration was the other Roy Williams, the safety out of Oklahoma. The Cowboys gave him a five-year extension for $25.2 million in 2006 as he was going into the final year of his rookie deal. But after a Pro Bowl season in 2007, Williams broke his arm in 2008, played in only three games and didn’t believe he fit in with new coach Wade Phillips.

The Cowboys released him the following spring.

 “When you sign one of your own, who kind of takes the money and it didn’t work out, you would have thought you knew him better than anybody,” Jones said. “But somewhere along the way, it just didn’t mean as much to him, and we didn’t have the same guy, it seemed like. A decision like that can obviously be very frustrating.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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