After a one and a half day holdout, and speculation that it could go even longer, Lions' chief negotiator Tom Lewand pulled another rabbit out of his hat after inking seventh-overall pick Roy Williams to a 5-year deal.
Williams, a former Texas standout and Heisman candidate, missed Saturday's two practice sessions, drawing irritation from Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci and questions on whether or not the holdout could be enlongated.
Lewand, recognized for his financial creativity and professionalism in league circles, had been working feverishly to get a deal done according to Mariucci.
Two things were believed to prevent the deal from occuring soon, including Cleveland's inability to come to terms with sixth-overall pick Kellen Winslow, a contract dispute made very, very public by the Browns' brass.
Secondly, William's agent Ben Dogra is notorious for holding out clients.
Regardless, a deal was reached by the two parties, and Williams is expected to attend the Lions second practice session on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Williams was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and 2002 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist (nation's top receiver) for the Longhorns, and also took home Cotton Bowl MVP honors (4 catches for 142 yards, 2 TDs, including 39-yard rushing TD). Williams left Texas holding school records for single season TD receptions (12), career TD catches (27) and finished 2002 with school-record streak of five 100-yard receiving games.
He's in! Williams agrees to 5-year deal
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