The Millen Era is truly over this week. Just a couple weeks after being fired, the Lions actually pull off a deal that makes sense for them. No...I'm being serious.
Roy Williams (WR for the Lions) was traded to the Dallas Cowboys this week, a team that already has their own Roy Williams at Safety. The Lions could consider this not just a good trade, but an exceptional one. The Lions gave up Roy and a 7th round draft pick for 2010. In return, Dallas sent the Lions their 2009 1st, 3rd, and 6th rounders. Wow.
To put this in perspective. Roy is considered maybe a Top 20 WR at this point in his career. His production certainly says that he is closer to top 10, but in Detroit he wasn't really reaching his potential. WRs get traded once in a while and the last major WR trade to happen other than Randy Moss (4th rounder only) was Chris Chambers last year to the San Diego Chargers before the deadline. What did they give up? Their 2nd rounder, which was going to probably end up as a bottom 5 pick in the 1st. People thought that was too much then, but considering Dallas is America's team the haircuts seem to tell you that this isn't that bad for them...lol
Anyways, you have to give Mayhew credit as interim GM for picking up the phone and accepting this ridiculous offer. I won't give him too much credit for this. Dallas was in sort of panic mode going into the deadline. With Tony Romo going down with a broken pinky for a month they were looking to make a move to help aging vet (He's still the best IMO) Terrell Owens. Mayhew happened to be in the right place at the right time.
Let's give him a bit of credit though. It has been rumored for years that Dallas owner, Jerry Jones has wanted Roy, and that he has tried to pry him from Millen several times. Millen was supposedly asking a bit too much, or was afraid to pull the trigger. None of this can be confirmed of course, but with Millen's record you can probably take it as a reliable assertion.
So...Mayhew made about the best move the Lions have pulled off in years. He showed he is trying to keep that job and probably some amazing health insurance. Let's hope that Ford Sr. isn't ready to give it to him though. We still want a real GM, President, and Coach. After all, this guy did spend a considerable amount of time working for Matt Millen. It had to rub off somehow.