Ricky Williams: Where Does Veteran Rank Among Best Available Free Agent RBs?
Ricky Williams may be entering his 11th NFL season, but he is still a valuable running back. However, where does he stack up against the remaining free agent running backs?
The 34-year-old veteran is currently the third best available free agent running back behind Michael Bush and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Bush was with the Oakland Raiders last year and he rushed for 655 yards and eight touchdowns. He has only been in the league for three years and is the best available running back. Bush was the back up to Darren McFadden last year, and he may or may not be playing that role in 2011.
The Raiders are way over the cap, and even though they didn't bring Nnamdi Asomugha back they still can't afford to spend a lot of money this offseason. That means bringing back Bush will be very tough to do.
Green-Ellis was with the New England Patriots in 2010, and he pretty much came out of nowhere. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, which shocked everyone. Some might consider last year's success was just a fluke for Green-Ellis, but he is the real deal.
The Patriots should be re-signing him, but since they drafted two running backs and re-signed Kevin Faulk you never know.
Williams rushed for 673 yards, but he only scored 2 touchdowns in 2010. He will be a strong backup for whatever team picks him up.
Teams interested in Williams are the St. Louis Rams as well the Miami Dolphins. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel tweeted about Williams, and he stated that Williams wants to return to the Dolphins.
Miami can afford to bring Williams back because he wouldn't cost that much. They could use a veteran running back to team up with Reggie Bush and the rookie Daniel Thomas. Plus, Williams is closing in on the team record, and he would like to achieve that.
In the end, the Dolphins will bring Williams back because he has always done a great job for them and its really the only place Williams wants to play. Williams is a guy who needs to be in a good place and be happy with the team he is on. Miami is just the place for that.
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