Posted: 10:03 am Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Dolphins RB Ricky Williams excited to finally hit free agency, test his options 

By Post Staff

Ricky Williams has some pretty remarkable accomplishments on his football resume. He holds the Dolphins single-season franchise record with 1,853 rushing yards in 2002. He is one of two remaining running backs from the 1999 draft (Kevin Faulk) despite a career marred with several suspensions and one premature retirement. And he holds the NFL record for most years between 1,000-yard seasons (six).

Ricky Williams has finally reached unrestricted free agency 12 years after entering the NFL / Post file

Ricky Williams has finally reached unrestricted free agency 12 years after entering the NFL / Post file

But his most recent accomplishment may be the most remarkable. Twelve years after entering the NFL, Williams has finally reached unrestricted free agency.

“I wonder which teams jersey I’ll be wearing next season?” he wrote yesterday on his Twitter account. “Its exciting to finally be a free agent.”

Most NFL players reach unrestricted free agency by their fifth season, but Williams never has done things the traditional way. As a rookie in 1999 he signed a rapper as his agent (Master P) and then signed a historically bad seven-year contract with New Orleans, which included an $8.8 million signing bonus but also incentives that could only be earned if Williams had the most productive four-year start to his career in NFL history (which he obviously didn’t).

Williams had his contract restructured when he was traded to Miami in 2002, but his contract status became complicated with each retirement and failed drug test from 2004-07. He could have been a free agent after the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but instead signed one-year contract extensions with the Dolphins before hitting free agency.

Now, finally, Williams is a free man. And while he hasn’t ruled out a return to Miami, he appears ready to test his options.

Williams was highly critical of Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and his micromanaging coaching style in a radio interview two months ago, but he later apologized and his comments are likely nothing that can’t be smoothed over with Sparano.

“My attitude is: wherever it is (I play), I will thoroughly enjoy, learn and grow from it,” Williams tweeted yesterday. “Life is just a bunch of lessons. Successes are like grades. I had to repeat the Dolphin grade several times ;-) Now its retake it for fun, or move on to another lesson. I’m blessed to have the choice.”

The Dolphins, who had one of the worst rushing offenses in the league last year, may not want him back. Jeff Ireland has stated a desire to get younger and faster, and the team especially needs those upgrades at running back.

“In case you don’t understand, free agency works two ways. The team has to want the player,” Williams tweeted yesterday.

Williams, who turns 34 in May, says he wants “happiness, inner peace and financial security” with his next deal. He likely won’t get a ton of offers on the market, but he was still fairly productive in 2010, rushing for 659 yards on 4.2 yards per carry and three total touchdowns. Just as importantly, he didn’t suffer much wear-and-tear in 2010, carrying the ball only 159 times and remarking in his January radio interview that “this whole season I haven’t taken one Advil.”

But even if Williams does move on next year, he still has an emotional connection to the Dolphins’ organization, with which he spent parts of nine years.

“I will always be a Fin,” he tweeted.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] RB Ricky Williams excited to finally hit free agency, test his options (Palm Beach Post) Williams was highly critical of Dolphins coach Tony Sparano and his micromanaging coaching style [...]

  2. nema ghalamdanchi bachelor…

    [...]Dolphins RB Ricky Williams excited to finally hit free agency, test his options | The Daily Dolphin[...]…

  3. trackback

    There are some interesting time limits on this article however I donГ­t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity however I’ll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like extra! Ad…

  4. trackback

    Thanks a lot for giving everyone an extraordinarily superb chance to check tips from this site. It really is very kind plus packed with amusement for me and my office friends to search the blog a minimum of 3 times in one week to study the fresh guides…

  5. trackback

    Hurrah! Finally I got a blog from where I know how to genuinely take helpful data concerning my study and knowledge.

  6. trackback

    What’s up dear, are you enjoying with this humorous YouTube video? Hmmm, thatГ­s pleasant, I am also watching this YouTube joke video at the moment.

  7. trackback

    I will immediately seize your rss as I can’t in finding your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me recognise in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  8. trackback

    I like what you guys are up also. Such intelligent work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my website :)

  9. ricardo says:

    .

    tnx for info!!

  10. trackback

    YouTube is world’s largest video sharing web site, no one can defeat it. Every one upload movies at YouTube afterward take embed code and post everywhere.

  11. trackback

    You really make it appear really easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I feel I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and very large for me. I am looking forward to your subsequent submit…