The Dallas Cowboys could be shopping for a new number two wide receiver.
With the new league year starting this Thursday, the Cowboys and Terrance Williams marriage could come to an end. It looks like quarterback Tony Romo isn’t the only high-profile player to leave Big D.
Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter from Yahoo, Williams could expect a $6 to 8 million dollar raise with a different team.
Per spotrac.com, here are some receivers who made between $6 to $9 million (base salary) in 2016.
- Eric Decker | New York Jets | $6,500,000
- Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | $7,320,000
- Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | $7,600,000
- Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | $9,000,000
With Dez Bryant commanding a $13 million-dollar base salary in 2017, it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys using precious money on a number two wide receiver, who only hauled in 44 passes last season.
If Williams is to get a $8 million dollar pay-day, he will be in the same ball park with other big name wide outs, like T.Y. Hilton (Colts), Jordy Nelson (Packers), or Denaryius Thomas (Broncos).
Each of the three receivers will earn a base salary of $8 million or higher next season, with Thomas in the highest total at $8,500,000.
A Dallas native, Williams never lived up to his talent. A 2013 third round pick (74th overall) out of Baylor, Williams will get a fresh start outside of Dallas.
The six-foot-two, who turns 28 in September, saw his reception yards and average drop last season. In his four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Williams was a regular starter, starting all 64 possible games from 2013 to 2016.
Overall, he hauled in 177 passes (293 targets), 2,791 yards and 20 touchdowns. In contrast, Dez Bryant in his last full season in 2014 caught 88 passes, 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns.
One thing is clear: Bryant is a pure number one wide receiver, while Williams struggled to become a number two.
He never became the Alvin Harper player the Cowboys had hoped for. And now, with the Cowboys freeing up cap space to bolster the defense, Williams will be a quiet casualty this free agency.
And while the Cowboys won’t sign Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery, the team need not panic.
With Brice Butler in the mix, the Cowboys must find out what the 27-year-old can do. The former USC and San Diego State player is entering his fifth season as a pro. The six-foot-three, speedy receiver, has recorded 58 receptions, 860 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Still, he has played four years in the NFL. He has 7 starts under his belt.
Butler, a gifted receiver who supplied some serious highlight reels last year, ran a 4.37 40-yard dash during his pre-draft, Pro Day.
The 2013, seventh rounder will get another chance to step up. After acquiring Butler from the Oakland Raiders in 2015, the receiver hasn’t disappointed, though, he hasn’t overly dazzled either.
With Williams leaving, Butler’s opportunity to start is something to watch out for. And it won’t cost the Cowboys eight million dollars.