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Lions trade Williams

WXYT's Tony Ortiz reported moments ago that the Lions have traded Roy Williams to the Cowboys for at least a first-round pick. I confirmed that a deal has been reached with a league source moments ago, though I don't know the exact terms. Either way, I think the deal is a feather in the cap for new general manager Martin Mayhew. Had the Lions waited until the offseason, when they would have franchised Williams and tried dealing him, it's unlikely they would have received a better deal. Also, the Lions just confirmed my report from this morning that Jon Kitna has been placed on injured reserve. Dan Orlovsky is the Lions' new starting quarterback. I'll have more information later after talking to all parties involved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't say i'm sad to see him go. he was the worst kinda receiver you could have - could make the circus catches, couldn't catch the easy ones.

there is NO WAY we would have received the same compensation had we waited until the end of the year to trade him, dave. he did NOT want to be here anymore, period.

i'm hearing that we got a 1st, 3rd, and 6th rounder in exchange for rw2. let's hope mm2 or whoever the new gm is gonna be makes at least one of these picks an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN.

go lions!

4:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder whether it's the 3d Rd pick Dallas acquired from Cleveland or the Cowboys own 3d Rd pick?

4:41 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

Just finished my daily stuff for tomorrow's paper - I'll post a longer blog later with more thoughts - but this was a deal the Lions couldn't afford to pass on. Three picks for a No. 2 receiver who wasn't going to get them to the playoffs this year, it was a no-brainer.

To answer the last question, the picks are all Dallas' so they'll likely be coming near the end of the round. Still, the Lions should have five picks in the top 100 next year. They don't have a fourth-rounder right now, but that's enough to have a heck of a draft.

7:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great to see that you actually read these comments, dave.

can't wait to hear what you have to say about another one of the greatest days in lions history....

go lions!

8:24 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do the Lions pick up to replace Roy W on the roster?

Former NE 2d Rd pick Chad Jackson, Former Titans 3d Rd pick Courtney Roby, 2 time All Big 12 WR D'Juan Woods (on Jags PS), or one of the Lions pre-season guys: Devale Ellis, Ron Bellamy, or Standeford?

8:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^standeford, hands down.

that guy was like furrey 2 years ago, catching everything that was thrown his way.

plus, he'll be dirt cheap compared to everyone else since he's a rook....and he'll be hungry as hell to produce since he's a rook.

8:55 PM 
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9:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Standeford perform while being covered by NFL quality CBs instead of rejects who didn't make any team? That's the real question. If Standeford was that good, some other team would have picked him up.

9:23 PM 
Blogger Dave Birkett said...

I try to check the comments most days, though I've been slacking recently. Waiting for a new computer to arrive. Old one died one day at practice last month and the loaner has massive connectivity issues.

As always, appreciate the responses.

6:16 PM 

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