Williams Traded; Kitna Placed on IR

Roy Williams (Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions have dealt wide receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys for a package of draft picks. Also: The team placed Jon Kitna on injured/reserve, effectively ending the quarterback's 2008 season.

Roy Williams is going home.

The Odessa, Texas-native was dealt to the Dallas Cowboys early Tuesday for a package of draft choices, ending his career in Detroit and ridding of former General Manager Matt Millen's most notorious (and successful) acquisition.

The Lions will receive the Cowboys' first, third, and sixth-round draft choices in 2009, sending Dallas the rights to its seventh-round pick.

The deal was made official via a Dallas Cowboys press release at 4:26 p.m. EST, but was completed prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline after an intense morning of negotiations headed by Lions' interim GM Martin Mayhew.

The Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and according to one source "at least six others" were inquiring about Williams' services, but the source with knowledge of the talks said two things made Dallas the ideal trade partner: Dallas was willing to part with more draft choices, and the Cowboys were the only other team Williams was willing to join.

Williams, the seventh overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Texas, voiced his displeasure earlier this week with even being the subject of trade rumors.

"I told you all before, man, for four weeks running now, I'm going to be here," Williams said Monday. "So I don't know why you keep asking me the same, stupid question. I'm going to be here. Please let this be the last time you guys ask me this. Please.

"I know you guys will have no choice by tomorrow, because it'll be over. But please let this be the last time. I'm not going anywhere unless a blockbuster deal comes about, and I don't see that happening."

Evidently, Tuesday's deal was just that.

Williams was expendable because the team didn't expect the fifth-year and 2009 free-agent receiver to rejoin the club next season. According to Scout.com's Adam Caplan, Williams was able to void the final year of his deal (2009) by hitting certain playing time levels. He was on the books for next season at $912,000.

"Detroit already paid his $1.1 signing bonus earlier this year," said Caplan. "He has $1.358 million left in proration for this season and 2009 (total of $2.716 million)."

Also, with the rising stardom of receiver Calvin Johnson, Detroit couldn't afford to tie too much of its salary cap into one position.

Thus far into the season, Williams has tallied 17 receptions for 232 yards and one touchdown in 2008.

Williams is working on signing an extension with the Cowboys.

Kitna Done For Season: The Detroit Lions placed Jon Kitna on the injured/reserve list, ending his season.

Kitna injured his back during a week five loss to Chicago, and was held out of last week's contest against Minnesota.

"After extensive examination and consultation with the team medical staff, it became clear that placing Jon on injured/reserve was the right decision," said Mayhew. "Jon and I met today and discussed moving forward with respect to his rehabilitation which will be done in coordination with our medical staff."

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