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Williams thinks about playing in different uniform

It seems Ricky Williams, a free agent running back whenever a new labor agreement is signed between NFL players and owners, has been thinking about his future lately.

And his thoughts seem to center around the idea his days with the Dolphins are over.

Around 2:45 p.m. today Williams tweeted: "I wonder which teams (CQ) jersey I'll be wearing next season? It's exciting to finally be a free agent."

No mention of a possibility of a Dolphins return.

That obviously prompted followers, of which Williams has 47,000, to ask the player about the possibility of another go-around in Miami. And so Williams followed this way:

"In case you don't understand, free agency works two ways. The team has to want the player."

Well, it is true the Dolphins haven't exactly been banging down Williams' door. They didn't make any significant attempt to re-sign him following the season and up until recently, while the window was still open to them to do so.

This despite the fact the team talked to Williams' agent about a contract restructure for Will Allen, set up a physical for Jeremy Shockey and conducted other business with him as well. Conversation about Williams was a back-burner issue for the Dolphins.

This doesn't mean the Dolphins have totally closed the door to Williams. General Manager Jeff Ireland has said he's open to re-signing either Ronnie Brown or Williams at some point, assuming all things are to the club's liking.

My guess, however, is the Dolphins simply want to upgrade from both Brown and Williams. Brown has endured injuries to his knees and a foot and doesn't seem to have the explosion he had earlier in his career. Williams, after all, turns 34 years old in May. He didn't seem to make to many defenders miss on first contact last season.

I must share that Williams later tweeted, "I will always be a fin."

But that seems more a statement about his heart or mind. Clearly, he will not always be a fin. Clearly, if the Dolphins have given him the cold shoulder -- something they've been known to do with declining veterans -- the matter is out of his hands anyway.

One can understand the Dolphins, always looking for a younger, better player, would be looking elsewhere to upgrade at running back. And I get the feeling they are treating Williams pretty much the way they treated Jason Taylor last year. I believe the Dolphins will look to upgrade the position in the draft and free agency, and only if they fail there, they would consider bringing Williams back.

And if Williams goes to another team in the interim ... oh well, that's life.

And Williams, looking at his tweets, is apparently getting the message. And he's casting his gaze elsewhere as well.

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I see him in a Patriots jersey and a 2000 yrd rushing season in 2011.... I wouldnt want to play for this team either with the incompetance of our coaching staff and the gross lack of loyalty of this team in gerneral. It is unfortunaetly going to take a change in ownership all the way down for us to see a relavant team. Go Phins 2020

Finheavenblows is an absolute moron! Please go away!


Post of the off season! ROTFLMAO!

Even if I can't be there with you guys, I'll be in front of the tube doing the "Fist Pump" wave with one hand and a Heineken in the other!

From espn tonight:

Newton rebounded from a disappointing performance at the NFL scouting combine nine days earlier to complete 50 of his 60 passes in scripted drills. Three of his 10 incompletions were dropped. He then took requests from NFL coaches who wanted to see him make a few more specific throws.

At the combine, Newton connected on only 11 of his 21 throws to a collection of receivers he didn't know.

Newton was in a comfort zone Tuesday. The Heisman Trophy winner had to deal with a steady wind, but he had his own receivers in his home stadium. Personal coach George Whitfield Jr. ran the drills.

"For those that were really curious about that acclimation to a five-step game, coming out from under the center," Whitfield said, "I think he really answered the question if you had one choice in this year's draft of getting a quarterback to anchor your franchise for years to come -- whether you're an outdoor city or you're playing in a physical [division] -- he really, really pushed that needle in that direction today just with sheer power, sheer velocity. He was accurate. He was consistent."

Before every throw, Newton took a direct snap from Auburn center Ryan Pugh to demonstrate how he would look in a traditional pro-style offense.

Many of the throws were high-percentage. Some were designed to showcase his footwork in the pocket before passing to stationary targets.

A few of his passes sailed like they did in Indianapolis, but he wasn't nearly as wild. He zipped tight spirals time and again and connected on his first 19 attempts before a ball hit the ground.

oh and by the way we will pick in the top 5 next yr so we will get our qb then. thank god cam newton wont be there to be a bust

Odin, I'm a firearms instructor, you have to be all over your trainee, girlfriend or not!!! My wife is a firearms instructor, she does not use my guns and I do not use hers!!!!

Posted by: redsky | March 08, 2011 at 08:33 PM

Thanks for the advice last night. A tad late on firearms though.

In my old age I've come to love and respect guns. I'm an avid hunter and I seldom play the role of instructor anymore.

I have two young sons left to "educate" but that's it for me.

now I get it. we have the gun crowd here. that explains the hostility...gun toten bar fighten bush and cheney supporters. to each his own.

odin, I got this feeling we may do alot of fist pump waves this year.

By the way as someone who grew up in a family of ex-military. I can tell you that I was taught with an unloaded firearm how to always when not in firing mode keep my weapon aimed down slide my finger off the trigger. If the weapon is semi-automatic then remove the clip and check the chamber before securing, this was hammered home in such a way that by the time I began going to the Tamiami range to practice all these other lessons had become 2nd nature. I am now the parent of 12 and 9 year olds and I will be aplying the same lessons learned I believe they make the diff. in accidents.


As your kids obviously will, I was fortunate to grow up in a home with a Mother & Father who taught me at a very early age to respect and handle firearms with respect. It all started with a $20 daisy BB gun. So many folks who want to get involved in the shooting sports want to go fire some friggin "Hand Cannon" cause that is what they saw on TV. In the 45 years since, and 100+ firearms I own... every time I pick up one of the guns I own or one I am admiring, my thoughts and actions are still based in how my dad taught me to handle a BB gun.
I am so thankful to have grown up with and around outdoors men and hunters of many different Nations. It is a great lifestyle and the people are as sound as they come. I hunt on 5 different leases and have memberships through NRA in many of others in Texas, Wyoming, Idaho and S. Dakota. Once I have finished with my working days... I intend on Leaving South Florida finally and move onto land I bought in S. Dakota several years ago. God Country man... It really is.

I see him in a Patriots jersey and a 2000 yrd rushing season in 2011...

Posted by: ericatl | March 08, 2011 at 08:38 PM


Bill Belechick certainly uses veterans in his roster. But he does not use them that are as old as Ricky (34). Bill has enough draft selections (gained from trades or compensatory loses) that a 34 year old RB would do him no real service. He has 2 1st round picks in THIS draft alone... why would Ricky Williams be a consideration?

As to the rest of your post... can we expect to see you back in 2020...? Or are you staying the whole time...?

I doubt that Ricky will end up with either NE or the Jets. The trend, at least in our Division, is to have lighter, shiftier,good pass catching RB's(LT, Woodhead). I also doubt Lex Hilliard fits that description.


To your post at 9:13... Good for you!!! and good advice to any shooter... Its great to hear that you will be teaching your kids. Kids forget many things from their youth... One thing I have NEVER heard a person who grew up with a father who taught him to shoot is that he forgot the first time his Dad or Mom stood with him and taught him through his first shot. It is a bond that is never ever broken or forgotten.

now I get it.

-FINALLY! It's about time!

we have the gun crowd here.

-Gun sounds so vague, use your word skills. .308's .223's 44 Magnum! Yeah baby, NOW you're talking.

that explains the hostility...

-What are you, one of those leftist liberals? Everybody knows Hostility ain't for explaining, it's for EXPRESSING!

gun toten


bar fighten


bush and cheney supporters.

-Whoa-WHoa-WHOA!!!! Back up the artillery carts you Jack Wagon!

-Cheney should have taken Bush hunting. He could have proved the old axiom, "one man(and a .308)can make a difference".

to each his own.

-I couldn't agree with you more! Each of us should own one(or TWO or THREE or........)!

Posted by: carlo | March 08, 2011 at 09:01 PM

To quote the late GREAT peace loving John Lennon:

When I hold you in my arms
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!

And I feel my finger on your trigger
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!

I know nobody can do me no harm
Oooooooooh, oh yeah!


Happiness (is a warm gun, momma)
Bang Bang Shoot Shoot

haha derek i will be here the whole time just like i have for the past 25 yrs. mark my words i dont care how many draft picks nengland has williams will be a patriot and he will run us over next yr!!!! i would love to live in the clouds but im just keepin it real dude

So basically, the Dolphins, at this moment, have no QB's AND no RB's. They should have their as- in gear as of yesterday.

Some people like them, some people don't(guns). Who gives a sh-t?

I think Ricky must be kicking himself in private about his little on air romp because his best fit was staying right here for what would have probably been one more shot at in or around 4 mil for the season. The more I think about it the more I think Ricky could be sitting at home until somebody gets hurt.

Every team in the league today has one serviceable back I mean think about it I have gone through every div. in my head and can see only maybe Wash, Det or Chi. as possibly being interested and it will be for league minimum. To many FA and rooks. available, sorry Ricky cause I actually agree with every word of what you said but this was and is your only legit shot at playing segnificant minutes even though I believe you can still run, best of luck brother.

okay, ericat...whatever you say. As they say... we'll see.

@ Derek at 9:33, thanks good luck with your boys as well and no I`ve never forgotten those particular lessons or times.

odin @ 9:35 ROTFLMAO !!!!!!! I stopped no LMAO, thanks man it had been a while since somebody had me in stitches like that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Derek and Fin4life,

My Dad taught me well, but my Grandfather "instilled" safety and respect when handling weapons. It didn't matter if it was a plastic toy from the 5 and Dime!

I had to prove myself with Daisy and Crossman Pump bb guns first. Then I got my first real gun. A 410(lol). I thought I was Daniel Boone.

Anyway, it was a right of passage in my family and I bring up my own Sons in the same manner. My oldest just returned(in one piece)from Afghanistan. I couldn't be more proud.

I don't hunt for sport. If you don't believe me, stop by up here in Michigan's Upper Pennisula this fall. You can try some of my Venison Stew, Venison Spaghetti, Venison Lasagna, Venison Pizza..........

Might even be serving up some Black Bear. I'm pretty sure I'm going buck up the $1,000 to enter the lottery this year!


Yeah, He may regret that statement. I'll be honest man. Right now, none of these teams are doing anything. Until the CBA situation is settled, all we are seeing is these media guys finding print where they can. Bad news makes the best news in the Media game... I would imagine if you were a fly on the wall in the front office, what you would hear is "We'll see how this thing turns out"... there are likely several sets of written options and scenarios that they have contemplated and what happens in the CBA negotiations will dictate the direction they take.

I feel the BEST scenario for Miami would be for Free Agency to open as soon as possible... Take a look at the list of RB's that are hitting FA right along with Ricky... Its HUGE... It favors the teams because of good old "Supply and Demand"... Look at this list... DeAngelo Williams, Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain, Michael Bush, Clinton Portis, Darren Sproles, Kevin Smith, Mike Tolbert, Ronnie Williams and Ricky Williams, Ahmad Bradshaw, Cedric Benson, Joseph Addai, Jerome Harrison.... The sooner FA is instituted... the faster Miami can determine what they want to do... There is talent that is commiserate with that of Ricky Williams on this list... Ricky has his life in SF... I would say he would rather stay here then try and break into another team at this point in his career.

Anybody knows Ricky Williams Wonderlic score?

@ Derek, I couldn`t agree more, the FA list plus the rookie class is off the charts, that`s why I say if you go over every team in your mind there is no scenario that looks good for him, unless it`s here.

@ odin, glad to hear about your son, give him a shout out on behalf of those of us who appreciate what he does in the name of freedom for us all, by the way still laughing at your 9:35 post, will do some wave fist pumps this year in your name !!

@ oscar canosa, Ricky scored a 2 on his woderlink, he was stoned that day !

That's a lot of serviceable RB's, Derek. I am sure Miami will grab one(maybe two) of them when all these negotiations are settled.

@ ericatl, get of the cat nip and sniffing glue will kill you !!!

@ oscar I now I it`s spelled wonderlic but I scored a 50 on mine so I can call it woderlink, wonderlik or wodelickin

Apparently, he still is, fin4life.

People use cat nip nowadays? Interesting.

oscar, with a handle like ericat were either dealing with a transexual sadist or a cat nip loving glue sniffer.

Agreed, fin4life, but can you tackle?

I had some dude call it "Swagg" the other day... WTF is he taking about? The Kind...? Beach...? What.!!!

I danno man... I suppose once Jim Beam and I started talking with one another... I lost track of the "Lingo".....

Derek, I happen to be on very good speaking terms with Johnny Walker and sometimes I`ll call on Sr. Don Cuervo.

I am not quite sure what you mean if I can tackle, please explain ?

This Yuengling American lager is darned good. I am finishing my third bottle, but to do it full Justice when I will compare it with other beers of the World, I'm going to have another.

Belichek has enough firepower to trade up and land Newton, Julio Jones AND Mark Ingram if he wanted too.

Why on earth would he bother with Ricky Williams?

I'm not saying Belichek would want any of these guys, I'm just saying he has a LOT of OPTIONS. I highly doubt any of them include a Ricky Williams type(age,poss. susp.,history).

Belichek would just pull another Woodhead out of his arse and call it good. Talk about the Midas Touch.

Black or Red...?

I used to be a "Eclectic" drinker. But I have pretty much narrowed it down to a couple good Kentucky Bourbons... Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels. There are also a few single Malt Scotch's I love to sip at (that sh*t will keep you as broke as good cigars or crippie though). In fact... I sip at them all these days. Gave up the power drinking. Of course Football and Beer are inseparable IMAO.

odin, I think Belichek stays put he needs D. ends and this year he`ll see his fill along with intirior o-line which needs addressing, if and when he goes w.r. it will probably be in the 2nd were he can get value on a burner for Brady and yes your right he has spent 2 years putting together and stock piling picks like he plans on coaching another 15 years, the next Shula, maybe

I am not sure that People here have access to what they previously wrote in this Post. That could explain why some people don't understand my comments or call them vague. fin4life, only football players take the Wonderlic, you took the Wonderlic, therefore, can you tackle?

I heard a rumor there's been a Soiled Bottom sighting.

Has anybody seen any Soiled Bottoms around here?

**Breaking News**

Armando Salguero Soiled his Bottoms!

Now THAT would be a story!

@ Derek, definitly Black but I don`t discriminate if Red is your preference, I also enjoy white label, j&b and even seagrams 7, that`s a nice sweet single malt. However I also am eclectic and prone to sipping Bourban, there is this french one reasonably priced called chemineau, I recommend and if your a tequila man then it`s Don Cuervo cause my wife likes margaritas.

NO Interest after the Owner threw the Head Coach Under the Bus....

@ oscar got you I use to play safety and was a pretty sure tackler and when till this day I get together with my friends from back in the day and we hit a park you better come ready cause we lay into each other like it`s going outta style, now there is a diff. between that and trying to take down Brandon Jacobs in the open field, Lagarette Blount looks like another monster in the making if we wanna talk acorns !! and no chief I don`t think you have to be an NFL Combine player to have taken that test or to have seen it, I would bet if you researched it you might even find what it`s all about on- line.

HOW MANY GAMES MR WILLIAMS DID COST US LAST YEAR WHEN HE FUMBLED THE BALL ? any one knows ,let him go and bring the young and the future

Later folks, have a good one.

only when odinseye is happy and drinking ,HE COMES TO THIS BLOG BUT WHEN HE'S SOBER ,HE'S NEVER AROUND HERE . THAT MAKE SENSE .

I too have settled into a drinking Routine. On the days that I don't work, in this warm and humid Climate, I wake up with Rum, preferably white w some Coke or a light prepared mix(stay away from the expensive ones,those are for after dinner). Later in the afternoon, I go to my j&b 1 to 3 of Perrier water(single malts are good for an occassion, yes, Derek),(as far as creepie, I stopped smoking weed at the age of 15). Then, while I am cooking and at dinnertime, I like to taste some wine. Finally, before I retire, I'll have a nightcap.


Have a nice evening fin4life...

Aloco, I can't answer that question with surety... But I'm right there with you on the Young Future. Miami has been smart enough to get this team to more then 80% 28 or younger. As long as they manage the contracts that they REALLY want to keep in the future and let the ones who do not have the upside they need slide away... they have a chance to build a team that has developed and learned how to play well together. Build a core team, and jostle the talent around it until you hit the right recipe. That is what Pittsburgh, New England, Baltimore and Indy have been doing for 10 years now.






I think Ericat or Oscar would know the answer to your question.

Why don't you ask them?

By the way, ALoco, did you find those shoes Darryl recommended?

I want to get something different. Nikes are a personal favorite and I got a pair of Filas that are plain awesome.

Still, I want to find something different for a change.

i dont get how everyone says how bad ronnie and ricky are. yea their numbers were bad this year but look at our o line and qb. any idiot would load the box bc HENNE (whether it was his fault david lee or henning) could not pass all year and when he did it was a 5 yard comeback. we had what 15 passes over 20 yards all year and he threw the ball out of bounds without giving our recievers a chance to catch the ball. either way ronnie and ricky are still good and theres not one rb in the league who would have had a stellar year running behind our oline and with our play calling we shot ourselves in the foot time after time. people need to relax and think before they speak

Oscar... That is a....Um.... Full schedule. BTW... The Crippie comment was about its cost, My line of work does not suffer THC. And I have Pee Pee "Pop Quizzes" all the time.... Its weird... I spent 25 years smoking that stuff and never had so much as one test, Its been 15 since I smoked it with any regularity and I have been tested at least 10 times in the last 5 years.

I suppose that is why a nice glass of Makers Mark and ice seems to just do the trick. I had a nice Bottle of Glenmorangie given to me for Christmas. Last year same person gave me a Bottle of The Glenlivet.... Good friends are hard to find... and even harder to keep.

I agree, zonk-39, but I, for one, will try to take that Team from under there. If it doesn't work, then let somebody else try it, in some other place.






ALoco makes a lot of sense sometimes(even as a Movie critic) and other times, makes no sense at all. I guess that's why he is ALoco.

only when odinseye is happy and drinking ,HE COMES TO THIS BLOG BUT WHEN HE'S SOBER ,HE'S NEVER AROUND HERE . THAT MAKE SENSE .

Posted by: ALoco | March 08, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Aloco, I've just been real busy lately. I have my two youngest Sons(6 and 15) living with me permanently now.

We have no live in women or girlfriends(at least not for the foreseeable future)so it's like boot camp around here.

I get them breakfast and off to school everyday. Homework as soon as they get home. We schedule quality time and they're even learning to help with dinner and the laundry.

My 15 year old is already in Jr. ROTC so it's been pretty easy for him. My 6 year old is having a little trouble "adapting". I think his mother let him get away with everything, so it's a work in progress.

I use to only see them on holidays, summer and visits. Now I have to be more aware of the examples I set.

I'm still partying, I've just had to tone it down a bit and keep it all "after hours".

I can't have my kids finding me "asleep" on the floor with a different woman running around the house every other day.

Being a single Dad is GREAT, but it's a hell of a lot of work!


Let's get something straight here, the Dolphins ownership, mgmt and coaching have wasted Ricky's and many other players'good years by doing just enough to get by as an NFL franchise. The same goes for the fans, the team has tortured it's fans ever since the end days of Shula and Marino. The team is lucky that fans can't sue for their money back. Ricky certainly deserves better than this team has been giving, especially taking advantage of his agreeing to accept such low pay. The team is hoping that he'll accept peanuts and pats on the back this go around.

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