Less than 24 hours after the Cowboys released wide receiver Terrell Owens, the team continued its systematic dismantling of its roster by cutting ties with safety Roy Williams. Williams had requested a trade earlier this week but was granted his release instead.
Of the two former Cowboys, I’d much rather have the defender. Whether or not the Bears would have any interest in the 28-year-old, five-time Pro Bowl safety is unknown, but it provides another option for them to upgrade a position of need. Free agent Darren Sharper is another veteran safety that the Bears need to consider adding.
The Bears could really use a free safety whereas Williams plays the strong position. He frequently stacks the box and is much better against the run than he is in coverage. But given the option between having Williams and either Kevin Payne or Danieal Manning as the starting safeties or having Payne and Craig Steltz man the secondary, I’d certainly prefer the former.
Williams isn’t even 30 yet and he’s accomplished so much already. He could easily help stabilize the secondary and be a force for several more years to come.
It seems unlikely he’d land in Chicago, though, because he’ll be in high demand around the league and the Bears are not going to get into a bidding war for him.
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