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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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@ Rob, 0x80

It`s not a matter of thinking Ingram is an inferior talent he is not, if you go by his football back round the kids solid, his dad made one of the most impressive plays in Super bowl history while a Giant, remember the 3rd. and 11 vs. Buff. that he caught about 7 yds. short and broke about 5 tackles to make and also when with Mia. was a good target for Marino.

The point is there are so many options at the position even picking multiple R.B., that makes taking him rub me the wrong way. Aside from the fact that as accomplished as he is it would meen adding more mediocre type speed to an already slow group, it also bites me I guess that were even talking R.B. when the King of acorns let Blount slip through his fingers last year.

I really want to see Miami go after speed, speed ,speed to add to the dynamic we already boast and a nice grab along the O-Line to add icying to the cake. I find it upsetting as well that the so called experts find us so dull and conventional that they put the least explosive of the Off. skill players available as our sure fire #1. This tells me nobody really sees us evolving into what the league is becoming or what the rules are turning it into. In that case I agree with DC about the direction of the team Offensively, not completely mind you we need to run but not at the expense of our only real collateral on draft day, which is our #1 pick.

Rob... good perspective and I'd have to agree with 100% of that post.

Just for the record, in this instance, I would not consider myself smitten with Ingram. Without regurgitating the many arguments I've made several times over the last couple of weeks, my basic premise has been:

If we have to pick at 15, of the players that are 'likely' to be there (this excludes Newton Mallet Jones Gabbert) then I think Ingram would be a safe pick filling a major need long term.

I know everyone wants a speedster, I like speed too, but I think too many discount the value of a really good all purpose back. Oh and it just occured to me there is one other point I've never even thought to mention before, Ingram has NFL blood, his dad was a player, he is a mature kid, head screwed on straight, when you are raised by a pro football player, your football smarts tend to be two notches ahead of your peers. It's really important to hit on the 15 pick. If we hit on that first pick with a solid starter that fills a need, I will be happy, whether Ingram or not.

OK Guys The Cuban is on-line, What's new in finland????????

Ken... Well at least their clothed and playing a sport not in a tub naked talking about submarining.... N no u didn't strike a nerve... I was making a statement...

ROB,

WHEN DO YOU GO TO SLEEP ?

Aloco I am assuming he is from California because of his name... OC I assume means Orange County...

So prob not to late...

THANKS GRREATDANE,


BUT.......... HE'S ON AROUND 12;00 PM TO 5;30 AM THEN NOW ,HOW THAT WORKS,THE GUY IS NEVER A SLEEP .HE MUST BE UNEMPLOYED LIKE DYING BREED .

@ 0X80, I also alluded earlier to his fathers heroics in the S.B. of all stages but you might not be clear on the role model thing Mark Ingram is doing a 10 year bid in a Mich. St. penn for everything ranging from fraud to theft, in order to feed a very nasty drug habit he picked up along the way.

Aloco, We're all inemployed, Keep working so you can pay are bills..........LOL

Sometimes I sign on and see the rants, and I too just get burned out on the subject. I expect many get burned out on my own rants.

This 15 spot debate has gotten a lot of mileage from a handful of regulars. If we do pick at 15, then the more interesting debate will be who was availabe vs who we took. Right now, there are too many variables, nobody knows where we will actually pick or who will still be on the board, so the debate wanders in many directions at once.

Looking forward to draft night when we can pick up on this topic with all the facts in place...

YOU GUYS ARE TALKING FOOTBALL OR TALKING GOOSIP ABOUT THE PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES ?

CUBAN,


THE ONE THING I HATE MORE ANY THING WHEN A WAITER ASK ME IF ...I WANT WHAT EVER WITH /MARINARA SAUCE .......I HATE THAT SAUCE AND ANY PLACE SELLS THAT SAUCE SHOULD BE OUT OF BIZ,,,,,,,

0x80,

Mr. ANDERSON... (In my best Matrix voice) LOL

You still up for any debate on Ingram?

I know you couldn't help but post that he ran his 40 in 4.47 to 4.53. That's quite a spread my friend. I wonder which watch was correct?

Are you saying because of his split time and this now new and improved stopwatch time he is gonna be an NFL rushing crown finalist like his immulated icon Emmitt Smith?

I kid, I kid but I know you think of him as a nice, safe piece to the puzzle that will further our beloved Fins squad.

Is that what the Fins need? Many (this blog anyways), including myself, think that Ronnie Brown is or will be as good at RB as Ingram. I will contend that Ronnie is a more natural pass catcher and matches what Ingram brings to the table. If Ronnie Brown can fill that role is he in effect saving us a 1st round pick?

The fans in a mindset that we have been devoid of bonafide playmakers for too long is what got us into this mess. Bringing BM into the fold last year was a good start. The consensus is that no other OFF player scares a soul on opposing teams. I can't believe that will help us win games until it's rectified. I simply can't even envision Ingram as a game breaking piece.

How much better do you picture Ingram being than say Ronnie Brown? 10%, 20% 40% or more better?

I am not needling you as much as trying to get pointed logic.

If someone has the logic "Well you don't know about your picks either" I can't dispute that. I can only research, watch games, game footage, review data on collected stats and make my best determination.

Cheers bro,

fin4, yeah I saw that, I didn't see your post until afterward I submitted mine. By the way, fair shot on that criminal behavior. I don't see his son in the same mold, but people change and you could argue like father, like son, you never know. If he himself hasn't had any issues with the law, then I wouldn't be concerned with it.

@ 0x80,

AMEN TO YOUR LAST POST BROTHER AND I TELL YOU WHAT EVERYTHING I GET ABOUT THE DRAFT OR UNDER THE RADAR PICKS I WILL SEND YOUR WAY, ONLY ASK YOU DO THE SAME, MUCH MORE CONSTRUCTIVE THAN ALL THIS ENDLESS GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES.

I'am not putting any stock on the # 15 pick with the Buffoons running the show this year, The'll be out come Bye-week the upcoming season(If there's one), This upcoming season's a wash, And hopefully Hollywood Ross will get tired of this and sell the team, But I doubt it...

fin4life @ 5:34,

Very nice post! Well played.

Cheers,

WHO WANTS TO TALK ABOUT THE MARINARA SAUCE AND FORGET ABOUT THAT DEAD HORSE CALLED INGRAM ?

But Aloco, Dont you get "Marinara" Sauce on your meatball subs????????

NO CUBAN, I MAKE FRESH SWEET TOMATO SAUCE NOT THAT DOMINO'S PIZZA CRAP I SEE IN TV WHICH IS LOADED WITH VERY CHEAP SPICES .

0x80 @ 5:36,

Great points about his maturity and bloodlines.

My only question is, if you were in Irelands shoes, with a directive to be more exciting on OFF coming straight from Boss Ross, would you gamble on greatness or go with a safer, no frills type guy with blocking power?

I do hear you on that versatile, doing everything well like a Kevin Faulk type back that can block, run and catch well enough is a team asset. Does a guy like that light up an OFF? Is that the type of guy that people (fans) would pay $$$ and fill stadiums to see play ala Mike Vick?

I think with the whole, East Coast, Orange Carpet type "game experience" Ross is trying to build, Ingram would be less of a fit eh?

Cheers,

GREATNESS ? THE GUY STILL NOT EVEN DRAFTED AND WE R USING THAT WORD GREATNESS............

Aloco,

I addressed the sleep thing at 4:51....PM.

Cheers,

@ Rob 6:02,

Nice post really tops of what I was elluding to earlier, as you say my friend,
Cheers.

CM @ 5:48.

That's funny stuff! Good post.

Cheers,

Aloco, do you work at an Italian place because all the dishes you mention are paisano.

FIN4LIFE,

NO, BUT I LIVED IN ROME FOR 14 YEARS AND I HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR REAL ITALIAN FOOD ....NOT THE MARINARA SAUCE .


ROB,
I NEVER READ OLD POSTS,CAN YOU REPEAT THAT POST @4;51 PM ?

Aloco is employed by Goldman-Sacs, He's there CEO Fin4life..........

grrreatdane,

You are correct sir! The OC is Orange County.

So my late night/early morning posts are crazy early to the East Coast folks.

Cheers,

Rob, actually, I'm for the moment winding down and getting burned out on this particular debate...but I'll bite before taking a break.

Those times, were several runs, not one run that everyone had a different time for.

Has Ronnie ever once had better than one half of a good season? Isn't Ronnie due for one of his bi-annual serious injuries? Ronnies least impressive year was last year, will he be more impressive next year at 30 yo? Is Ronnie a RB of the future or the past? Ronnie is not a member of the Miami Dolphins, so until he is signed...it's no different than looking at other FA backs, other than of course Ronnie knows the beat in Miami.

Playmakers...I was looking today at either SI or ESPN where our friendly pundits rated the top 10 WR's. Marshall didn't even make the list. Great player, I am glad we have him but we over paid for sure in my book. I think either a serious pass catching tight end or speedy wide out will open things greatly for him.

Back to RB's. I don't see Ingram as being the game breaker threat DC's have to prepare a whole lot for. I think he can be way better than just an average utility back though, and I think he may be more valuable than any of the other backs in the afc east. I think while he himself might not the be game changer, I think he is the type that can make the team better as a whole. It's too hard to quantify in percentages, but...yes I do think he will certainly be better than Ronnie.

With that being said, who do I really want for RB? I'll tell you who....King Kong! Seriously, that is who I want taking the handoffs! But...you know...he isn't available in this draft.

It's fine to say we want playmakers, we want speed, we want to scare the lights out of the dc's. Of course we do. However, if none of those players are there where you are picking, what do you do?

So, we come down to, who is available, what do we have to choose from...do we take a 3rd round back at 1? Hardly. Again, assuming we have to pick at 15, of the likely candidates, I'm saying, take the BPA that also fills a major need. We'll see what the picture is when we get there.

And Rob...you know what? I take that directive from Ross with a grain of salt, borderline silly really. What team does not want a dynamic, explosive offense? It's funny how many take that as some mandate from the boss when that is the goal of any team... The fact is, there are only so many dynamic explosive players, and its luck of the draw in many cases as to which teams end up with enough of them to be explosive and dynamic. So when you don't have air coryell or the greatest show on turf, you find a way to work with what you got, and yes, even win SB's doing so.

Aloco,

Come on bud, I looked up the time and let you know about it.

With a flick of your wrist, you can read it.

Break new ground bud, put down your sub and go back a page if curiosity is killing your cat.

That post is so page 5. LOL

Cheers,

CUBAN, TODAY FNSR DROPED ABOUT 38 PERCENT AFTER ISSUING A WARNING ABOUT THE INCOMING Q BUT LAST Q THEY UPPED THIS Q ...IT'S ALL FRUAD ,TOO BAD I DIDN'T SHORT IT .

Nice CM LMAO

0x80 see my 5:54 post, Do you agree??

CUBAN, TODAY FNSR DROPED ABOUT 38 PERCENT AFTER ISSUING A WARNING ABOUT THE INCOMING Q BUT LAST Q THEY UPPED THIS Q ...IT'S ALL FRUAD ,TOO BAD I DIDN'T SHORT IT .

Posted by: ALoco | March 09, 2011 at 06:23 PM

Fin4life, See..............................

Aloco, when I went to Rome with my wife 2 years ago, I went to the famous wishing well were supposedly Alexander the Great had been, as well as Julius Ceaser who wept there at the thought of his military accomplishments next to Aexander`s. I imagine your faniliar with the area and the little diner there, while there I ordered a pizza and the waiter got sort of offended and told me that was american garbage, can you elaborate I always thought it was Italian.

Cuban, I have uttered the same sentiments many times over.

THE TREVY FOUNTAIN YOU WENT TO AND THE RESTURANTE YOU WENT TO ,IT MUST BE NOT SERVING PIZZA ,I THINK THAT THE REASON B/C IF HE HAD PIZZA HE WOULD BE HAPPY TO SERVE TO YOU ,THE ROMAN WAY .

P.S...YOU NOTICE YOU SAID A LITTLE DINNER THERE .IN THAT AREA ALL RESTURANTS ARE ABOUT 20 SEATS TO 40 ,NO MORE .

0x80,

Nice response. Well laid out and with content. Thanks.

I would be a little more mindful of actively searching out players that at least tried to fit the dynamic mold if I were Ireland.

I know it seems to be an overall mantra to get "explosive" on OFF but how do you ever get there by taking none explosive players?

Am I saying that Taiwan Jones should be our 1st round pick? Nope. I am very much advocating trying to figure out where the Fins think he will go and figure a way to have a choice in that neighborhood for a chance at him. Is that 2nd round? 3rd round? 4rth round I am not sure but if he lays down a blazing 40 on March 31 at his Pro Day he will get snapped up early.

Many NFL teams will gamble on speed. At least that is what they have done in the past. When teams passed on WR Jacoby Ford and the Raiders finally bit I am sure many teams kick themselves now.

With players like Taiwan Jones, Jerrel Jernigan and other speedsters they will be pushed up the boards (right or wrong).

With Ronnie Brown he wants to stay. He is a decent bookmark of a RB and he will only be asked to platoon. At 30 I am not sure what he has in the tank and only next season will reveal. I will say this, we better have a blazer to run to his own hole if the holes for your Ingram pick are the same size as Ronnie's last year. Ingrams not big enough to make his own. Ronnie may be traded in for a different FA RB. I am hearing that Carolina still wants DeAngelo Williams so we shall see.

Either way. Good spirited debate friend!

Cheers,

FIN4LIFE,


DID YOU TRAY THE ROMAN SQURE PIZZA W/ZUCCHINI,POTATOES AND DID YOU TRY THE SWISS CHARD ? WHAT ABOUT THE ANCHOVI CROSTINI ??

Greg Cote had a survey a couple weeks ago about if the fans have confidence in the FO, and 88% said they had no faith what's so ever..., Could 88% of the fans be wrong???, I think not, 3 and 13 this upcoming year(1 and 9 if there's a strike).........

Sushi has arrived! Maguro (red tuna) yummy.

Catch up to you fellas.

Cheers,

Aloco, Do you like movies with Gladiators???

@ 0x80,

I just read your post and find your points as valid as any I`ve put up, were we differ is in how to max out our 1st. round selection but as you so eloquantly stated that won`t be answered until draft day and we get an opportunity to see what we have to work with along with any draft day trade scenario`s we may or may not be presented with.

I get the feeling that in the face of any scenario that has us staying pat at 15 with Ingram the only skill guy left that you advocate the pick and maybe your right, after all nobody owns a crystal ball but in your scenario I would ver seriously look at the Q.B. left on the board.

This will off course never happen I think both Ireland and Sparano would be to scared and it wouldn`t be a player that could help them now, so why pick for the next regime. Anybody who has read anything I have written knows just how strongly I feel against this particular group of Q.B.`s to many unknowns, does Mallet have the arm you bet, could he be another Ryan Leaf do to his maturity or lack there of absolutly, I could go on and on with the whole group.

So then what`s left taking the best O-lineman in the group ? but then your only left with the 3rd. and 4th. rounds to address the skill guys. It really is quite the cunundrum and has me pulling my hair out but at the end of the day we only differ on position to address in terms of playmakers. I can definitly see your points though and hope you get mine, like Rob said good debate and at the end of the day either could be right only time will tell.

fin4, its all a good debate and a handful of the other bloggers really do have an impact on my thinking. I like to just spit out whats on my mind and that in itself helps me think more clearly. I'm with you in that while I agree with all of those WE NEED A QB PRIORITY #1 folks, for whatever reason, I'm not that excited at this years prospects.

Regarding the conundrum, yes, that is exactly it, hits the nail on the head. What we need to keep in mind is that this FO dug us into a hole. Now we are trying to kill three birds with one stone. People have to realise we have more holes than picks and there is just no way to, even with trading down, to fill all our needs in one draft.

I don't have a lot of confidence in this FO. Something tells me they will pick somebody nobody has even been discussing. I'd rather kill one bird with one stone, make that 15 pick count, that whif on two second rounders.

0x80, Dont worry about the second round, They traded that to Denver.......

0x80 Never Mind, Just reread your last post...

OK Guy's The Cuban is out for the nite..............

@ 0x80,

Your right about one thing, actually a few things but we have been at this for days now and given the mammoth sized hole Parcells and company dug us in it will be all we can do to properly address two of them if we can. We will have to wait and see how the draft unfolds till the 15th pick then hold our breaths.

I have zero confidence in this front office as well all the way back till the honeymoon days with the Tuna. I still haven`t forgiven him for taking notorious practice and work out slacker with a Hernia operation to boot in Merling with the 33rd. over all pick when Calais Campbell outta the U was still sitting there. A player, Campbell that is who is now widely considered an up and comer in the League today or the following year passing on Vick for White while leaving USC Tackling machine Maulaluga on the board, how about Dez last year and I really could keep going but what`s the point.

I do know they better both have there bags packed if they screw the pooch on this one because one thing we know how to do in Miami is make it unbelievably uncomfortable when we don`t want you, Boss Ross hasn`t felt the heat yet, he thinks he has but you and I know better. On a more positive note how do you feel about this kid Taiwan Jones.

In other news...

NFL owners (counsel) are saying they are being more transparent than they have ever been and the Union is saying that their counsel says it's not good enough.

Yikes! If it is to be believed, sounds like they have a heap of wrangling ta do yet.

They gotta reach common ground... America needs it's sports drug of choice! Local economies need the revenues.

Plus we have 2nd year players that need to leap forward in progress.

Cheers,

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THE DETROIT LIONS LOOKING AT PAT WHITE

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fin4, Taiwan is a really nice fluid runner, instinctive,, exciting to watch. My big concern with him is durability, he's already had a bunch of injuries, can he really handle being an NFL back? Scatting around the outside I see it but not sure he is build for NFL style punishment. As possibly a kick returner and occasional change of pace back maybe, but I don't see him as a back than can handle the full load, not a go to back for the entire game. The positives are his speed, good hands.... The negatives concern me, and I realize every single player has negatives, but I don't see this FO picking him...I think he is quite similar to Kory Sheets already on the team actually except maybe faster.

Here is what I just plucked off a scouting report online:

Negatives: Has a frail build, legs are thin and he doesn't appear to have much strength in his lower body... Leaves the ball exposed when he's running... Runs upright, looks like he's running the 100 meter dash more so than running with the football, doesn't lower his pad level... Marginal leg drive, keeps his legs moving but doesn't have the power to go anywhere with it... Poor blocker... Tons of injury concerns, always seems to be nicked up... Played against FCS competition at Eastern Washington... Runs east/west too much and wants to break the big play every time he touches the football... Did not work out at the combine due to a foot injury.

Rob, I read the players flat out rejected the league`s supposed banking info. on profitability calling it flawed and an attept to askew the bottom line, double yikes !! Demaurice Smith called the Players union bankers and came back with it`s not enough info. to properly determine anything, it seems the players are very serious this time around and are looking at these proceedings as a stepping stone for all pro sports remember there could be an NBA lockout next year and what comes outta this CBA could very well help model theirs, Alot`s on the line.

Here we are game 16. Mallet goes back, the Fins Oline forms a wall. Ronnie Brown picks off MLB Jarod Mayo on a delayed blitz!

He lets it sail... 35 yards on a frozen rope to RB Taiwan Jones going down the left sideline. He jukes the Safety Merriweather and blazes in for the TD! Miami pours it on the Pats 34 to 14.

Damn, it's a long way from the season.

Cheers,

0x80,
were do you land all the info. on bio and vital stats ? you always seem to have the 411 on these guys.

More on Taiwan Jones:

Jones’ health is a legitimate concern, however. In 2008, he broke his fibula. In 2009, it was a variety of injuries ranging from a hip flexor to an injured shoulder. Finally, in 2010, he broke his foot during the Eagles playoff run, missing the final two games of the season.

Speed is awesome, fraility is not. So don't let it seduce you too much unless they have a strong NFL build to go with it.

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