Loss may have sparked Dallas’ deal for Williams

There is a feeling around the league that when the Cowboys lost to the Redskins, it set off concern. But a loss the next week to the Cardinals set off alarms that resulted in the trade for wide receiver Roy Williams.

Even though the Cowboys had been tracking Williams since last off-season, they ramped up efforts to get him after the loss to the Cardinals. One knowledgeable source said that, had the Cowboys beaten the Cardinals, he doesn’t think Dallas would have done the deal for Williams.

It is, if nothing else, an interesting theory.

But when the Cowboys traded first-, third-, and sixth-round picks for Williams, they also did something other than land themselves a quality wide receiver.

They helped set the market for other wide receivers that could be shopped after this season.

Speculation about potential trades for Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson have existed for close to a year now. It will not go away with each receiver having expressed a desire to move on.

But if the Cardinals decide to shop Boldin, or the Bengals Johnson, the asking price starts at what the Cowboys surrendered for Williams. One NFL general manager even said over the weekend the price likely would be higher considering that Boldin and Johnson are regarded as better receivers than Williams.

Either way, the trade had big ramifications on the NFC East this season. And it could greatly impact other divisions and teams after this season.

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