The Dallas Cowboys announced the release of veteran safety Roy Williams on Thursday.
From 2002 to 2007, Williams started 92 consecutive games for Dallas. He has 506 career tackles, 10 forced fumbles and 19 interceptions.
Williams missed most of the 2008 season with a broken arm.
"Roy has been a wonderful representative of this organization since coming to Dallas," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement released by the team. "Unfortunately, we have reached a crossroad with his time here in Dallas, and the difficult decision was made to allow him to explore other opportunities in the NFL."
Despite his reputation as a hard-hitter, teams never hesitated throwing Williams' way in recent years because he struggled in coverage. After Owens, Williams likely was the second divisive figure among Cowboys fans -- especially after cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and defensive tackle Tank Johnson left Dallas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.