Lions Send Williams To Dallas For Picks

It's all NFL for the guys today, from Pac-Man to free speech in the locker rooms to deciding whether which is the toughest division.
By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 14 -- The Dallas Cowboys obtained wide receiver Roy Williams from the Detroit Lions in a deal completed shortly before the NFL's trading deadline Tuesday.

The Cowboys sent first-, third- and sixth-round draft picks next year to the Lions and got back a seventh-round choice from Detroit. Williams, whose contract was to expire after this season, agreed to a five-year extension with the Cowboys.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Williams to practice with the team Wednesday and play this weekend. The University of Texas product gives the Cowboys a formidable receiving threat opposite Terrell Owens, and Jones said Owens approved of the trade.

"The first guy, literally, to call him right after we did the deal -- we didn't have but about two minutes left before the trade deadline -- was Terrell, and Terrell was ecstatic," Jones said at the NFL owners' meetings here. "He was just beside himself. He has known all along that a real prominent player over on the other side would give us all more opportunities."

NFL Cuts Back

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league has made budget cutbacks in response to the nation's economic crisis.

"We have done some significant belt-tightening at the league," said Goodell, who refused to disclose specific figures. "We have looked at our cost structure. Our clubs have looked at their cost structure. We have cut back on our costs."

Goodell said he doesn't envision any immediate layoffs of league employees. . . .

The NFL amended its anti-tampering policy to allow a front-office employee with one team to interview for a general manager or club president job with another team during the playoffs, and perhaps be hired. . . .

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been appointed the co-chairman of the NFL's digital media committee, along with Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen. Snyder had been a member of the committee. The appointment was made late in the summer, according to an NFL official. . . .

Goodell offered a public endorsement of the league's officiating. The officials, particularly referee Ed Hochuli, have been under intense scrutiny this season and the league has handed out a series of hefty fines for criticism of officiating.

"I'm very proud of our officials," Goodell said. "I think they do an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances." . . .

Goodell said the owners discussed extending the regular season to 17 or 18 games per team within the next few years but took no votes and formulated no proposal.

Goodell said he doesn't expect any changes to be enacted for next season, and the proposal is likely to be put in effect as part of a new labor agreement with the players' union. The owners also could study the possibility of expanding the number of teams in the playoffs. . . .

The Lions placed quarterback Jon Kitna on the injured reserve list because of a back injury. That makes Kitna ineligible to play again for the Lions this season, but he possibly could be released off the IR list and sign with another team if he gets healthy. . . .

The Associated Press reported that the Cowboys signed punter Sam Paulescu to replace Mat McBriar, who was placed on IR after breaking his foot against the Cardinals on Sunday.

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