You can never quite tell what is going on in the head of the enigmatic running back, Ricky Williams. The back may be a great many things, but one thing he is not is done.
The Miami Dolphins have moved on without Williams. He is now left to carry out his legacy with whichever team snags him from the bargain bin of free agency.
Williams will suit up once again, though. He may have taken a flyer into retirement before, but this a different Ricky.
This is a guy that fought hard to get back into the league. I don't think there is any way he allows himself to waste away into retirement when there are more yards to be run.
His days of running for over 1,000 yards may be over, but he can still command a presence between the tackles. There is a bevy of teams that could use a bruiser who has it in him to net 600 yards.
The game of football is simple—you move the sticks a few yards at a time. In the last two years, Williams has proved he will fight and claw for every inch.
Here, we will break down the teams that could use a running back with the zeal and talent of Ricky Williams.
We are now entering the final stages of Williams' career. Whoever takes him next could be his last employer. He no longer has top-end speed, but he will make you pay with his instincts and balance.
Make no mistake, there are still a few miles left in those legs, and these teams could benefit from snatching up the running back.
The game of football is a measure of yards. Ricky Williams can get you just enough to get over the hump. These are the teams that could use the push.
It is very possible that Ricky Williams will want one last shot at glory with a contending team. The New York Giants would have a possible traffic jam at running back with the newly re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw.
However, Williams would fit in perfectly as a back that could deepen a very good running back corps. The Giants would have insurance with another stout and balanced back. For Williams, he would have a shot at postseason glory.
The Giants are looking to get as much talent at basement prices this offseason. There may not be a more inexpensive type of player out there than an aging running back.
This one seems silly, considering how little money the Jets have to work with. Well, it is perfect that Williams will come cheap.
It is a horrible market to be a running back these days. Williams will be far less expensive than he would have been in a similar scenario as few as five years ago.
If he did join Rex Ryan's crazies, the Jets would benefit by lightening the load of the already stacked running back staff.
The Jets would be deep and mean at a position that is going underutilized at the moment across the league.
The Bengals have re-signed Cedric Benson. Hooray! Now what? The Bengals' featured back needs some help.
His stats took a slight dip in 2010, and you can expect more from a player that has been doing all the heavy running for five years straight.
Running backs tend to hit a peak and then drop off dramatically. It is wise to have a backup in tow. Williams would be perfect for Cincinnati.
This is what they do, my friends. The Patriots pick up the players that are not wanted, and they turn them into success stories.
The Patriots will work their magic once again with Ricky Williams. The Jets have their running back reclamation project in LaDainian Tomlinson. It is time the Patriots got theirs.
Ryan Matthews is a nice running back to have. He shows all the signs of a player that can net 1,000-plus yards a season.
Now, it is crucial for the Chargers not to kill Matthews before his career even begins. With Darren Sproles out of San Diego, the Chargers will need an accomplished back to lift some of the load as Matthews matures.
The role is perfect for Williams. He can step in and be a secondary back, as well as mentor. That would be a perfect bookend to an otherwise odd career.