Few people know wide receivers and the Dallas Cowboys better than former Pro Bowl cornerback Deion Sanders, now an analyst on NFL Network.
So it was curious to hear Sanders’ answer when he was asked what he thought of the deal that will send a first-, third-, and sixth-round pick to Detroit for wide receiver Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick.
“Don’t like it one bit,” Sanders said. “First of all, it raises your eyebrows when a franchise gives up their best player, their best receiver. There’s a problem there. What’s the problem? I don’t understand. I’ve done my homework, checked on Roy. I don’t think Roy’s the hardest worker inside that Detroit Lion locker room that’s coming over here. Now, is he ready to play second fiddle? Because T.O. is the man in Dallas. Is he ready to do that? Is he losing speed? Can he get deep? What do they need?
“You give up a 1, a 3 and a 6 for Roy Williams when there’s a guy, Chad Johnson, who’s begging to get out of Cincinnati. I’m sure Cincinnati could accept a 1, 3 and 6….
“I smell panic, and there’s no need to panic at this time. Because this is still a good team, but I feel like Jason Garrett may have gone to Jerry Jones [and said], ‘You know what? We need another receiver.’ Tony Romo: ‘You know what? We need another receiver.’ Instead of understanding, well, Jason, they might have caught up to your offense from last year. Tony, get rid of the ball every once in a while. Let’s tell the truth to these guys. Let’s quit pacifying them.”
And Sanders was not alone in his sentiments, though his were the strongest. On NFL Network’s Total Access, Marshall Faulk said: “I don’t see where Roy Williams makes them better. I feel like for Dallas, they need DBs. They needed a DB. I don’t see how Roy Williams is going to help them unless they outscore everybody.”