Free Agency: Will Loaded WR Market Keep Terrance Williams in Dallas?

All NFL players dream about getting that big, new contract once their rookie deals expire. For wide receiver Terrance Williams, the 2017 free agent market may make it hard for him to get a significant raise. In fact, he may just be hoping that the Cowboys still want him.

Williams, who turns 28 in September, is a minor name in a loaded WR free agent group this March. Just look at the following:

There has been no indication yet as to either Terrance Williams’ or the Cowboys’ interest level in continuing their relationship. Given the daunting free agent market he would be entering, Williams has little-to-no leverage in any contract negotiations right now. His stock would even worsen if he goes unsigned by other teams, strengthening the Cowboys’ position.

Terrance Williams
WR Terrance Williams

Back in December I wrote that Dallas should look for an upgrade for their number-two receiver. Williams has been okay, and is coming off his best season as a Cowboy, but hasn’t proven that he can consistently step up when Dez Bryant is injured or getting taken out of a game by the defense.

However, the Cowboys have 52 other roster spots and a salary cap to worry about. If they like Williams enough to keep him around, they might use their leverage to try to get Terrance to accept a minor contract extension.

Remember, Terrance Williams is a hometown boy. He was born in Dallas and played college ball at Baylor. Usually, those can be powerful motivators for a guy to want to stick around.

Still, even a one-year, “prove it” contract could be a major blow for Williams. He’s on the older side for a first-time free agent and would be turning 29 for next year’s market. Even if he has a strong season for the Cowboys, teams would be leery of giving a guy major money right before he enters his thirties.

Terrance Williams
WR Terrance Williams

Despite the “number-two” label he would have in Dallas, Terrance wouldn’t be more than the fourth option in the passing offense. Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley are Dak Prescott’s favorite targets and Jason Witten is still around. There is little reason to think that Williams’ role would expand enough to improve his stock much.

For all we know, Williams wants a change of scenery and isn’t even looking to return to Dallas. Perhaps he wants to live somewhere different after a lifetime in Texas. However, he faces the very real prospect of having no suitors in this year’s free agency. Even if a team does have interest, Terrance may be fighting for a starting job.

The harsh NFL business world could force Terrance Williams to accept far less than he was probably hoping for. It may also push him back home towards Dallas, where familiarity and system knowledge might make him more attractive than to outside teams.

Clearly, the Cowboys have the leverage. The question now is if they’ll even want to use it.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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