ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Wide receiver Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Titans won 34-27. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

WR Roy Williams To Sign With Bears, According To Report

It's not a major surprise but the Cowboys plan to release WR Roy Williams on Thursday.

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Roy Williams Expected To Sign With Chicago Bears, According To Report

Roy Williams, who was officially released by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, appears to have found a new home with the Chicago Bears:

#Bears are expected to sign WR Roy Williams, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys, according to league source.

That Williams could eventually sign with the Bears comes as no surprise, since the best years of Williams' career came under Mike Martz with the Detroit Lions. Martz is now with the Bears, as is wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who worked with Williams at the University of Texas. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears want a tall receiver, particularly given the departure of tight end Greg Olsen

Still, it remains to be seen how successful this signing will be. Williams is now 29 and hasn't had an 800-yard season since 2007. Neither of his full seasons with the Cowboys were particularly productive, leading to his release. This is a worthwhile gamble for the Bears and a good decision for Williams, given his ties to Martz, but that doesn't make it likely to work out.

For more on the Chicago Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron.


WR Roy Williams Getting Released By Dallas Cowboys

Three years ago the Dallas Cowboys traded a first, third, sixth and seventh round draft pick to the Detroit Lions for WR Roy Williams. The team then signed him to a long-term contract and hoped he would become the star receiver their offense was missing.

Things haven't gone as planned with Williams failing to pass 600 yards receiving in both of his full seasons in Dallas. For that, the Cowboys will release. ESPN's Calvin Watkins reports the Cowboys have informed Williams of his release. The Cowboys can officially release him on Thursday.

Williams has a lot of physical tools that will make him desirable on the free agency market but the production simply hasn't been there. He hasn't had a 1,000 yard season since his third year in the league in 2006 and has never caught more than eight touchdown passes in a season.

He'll draw some interest and sign someplace at a reduced rate. He wasn't an important enough piece to that offense to warrant his paycheck. The Cowboys will continue cutting veteran players as they try to get under the salary cap.

Check out Blogging The Boys for more on Williams' impending release.

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