NFL Free Agent Rumors: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Ricky Williams
Ricky Williams is still on the market as a free agent, and we're all waiting to see where he will end up.
The former Miami Dolphin has expressed that he would like to return to Miami, but then he has also said that he is looking forward to free agency.
The 34-year-old running back played in all 16 games last season and rushed for 673 yards with two touchdowns and in terms of production, he is well past his prime.
There is still hope for Williams though; he can still be a productive back if given the right opportunity.
So here are five potential landing spots for Williams.
5. Detroit Lions
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Why Detroit? Why not.
Detroit doesn't exactly have the most talented backfield. Yes, Jahvid Best is a budding star when he can stay healthy and Aaron Brown isn't a bad second option either, but both are very young backs who need a mentor or someone with experience to help ease their way into the NFL.
Ricky Williams would be a very nice fit for Detroit. They don't have a bad line. They have great offensive weapons, and Ricky could also find youth in his legs from playing indoors.
Although nobody is talking about Detroit being an option, don't count them out for wanting Williams' services.
4. San Diego Chargers
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Ryan Matthews is entering his second season in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers. He's got all the makings to be a great running back in this league, but Darren Sproles is gone now, and he needs a complementary back beside him.
Ricky Williams would fit in nicely with the Chargers and their scheme. Not only would it benefit Matthews to have a veteran sharing the load with him, it would benefit Williams to be on a playoff team.
3. New York Giants
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This one is coming out of left field for sure, but why wouldn't the Giants want Ricky?
It's likely they will re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw, and they still have Brandon Jacobs, but the Giants have been successful with a three-headed monster before.
Adding Ricky Williams to the fold would help their running game, and would ultimately take more pressure off of Eli Manning.
Again, the Giants are a playoff-caliber team and this would be a great landing spot for Williams.
2. New York Jets
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Ricky Williams burned every single bridge in sight leaving Miami. He trashed the coaching, he trashed Brandon Marshall and he basically gave them the middle-finger salute on the way out.
So why wouldn't the Jets be interested in this guy?
Rex Ryan loves to stir things up and even with a crowded backfield that the Jets have, he would still take a chance on Williams for the simple fact that the Jets hate the Dolphins and vice versa.
Not to mention that Williams would actually fit in with that cast of characters. He would be sharing carries with LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Williams could pair up with both of them to form a great rushing attack, and he would be running behind a great offensive line.
1. New England Patriots
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Do you remember when Corey Dillion arrived in New England, had arguably the best year of his career and won a Super Bowl? Not saying that's what Ricky Williams could do at the age of 34, but he could help the Pats fill the need at running back, even though they have what seems like a dozen running backs.
Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead were the best backs the Pats had last year, so adding Williams into the rotation could only help. Green-Ellis and Woodhead are both good, young players, and a veteran could help make them even better.
The Patriots have made so much noise through trades this off-season, why not sign a free agent to ice the cake?