Ricky Williams Signed by Baltimore Ravens for $4 Million

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Ricky Williams Signed by Baltimore Ravens for $4 Million
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Ricky Williams has been signed by the Baltimore Ravens per a league source.

Here is the latest via Pro Football Talk:

Ricky Williams agrees to terms with the Ravens, per league source.

Pretty straightforward report. Williams' hopes of signing were starting to look good today when the Detroit Lions announced that rookie running back, Mikel Leshoure, was reported to have torn his Achilles. He will be out for the rest of the season.

After the injury announcement, NFL Draft Bible Tweeted this:

Free agent RB Ricky Williams has to be on Lions radar after bad break for LeShoure. Maybe they kick the tires on Tiki. Help will be needed.

I guess not. In Baltimore, Williams will join an already terrific backfield that consists of running back star, Ray Rice, and newly acquired fullback, Vonta Leach. Leach bulldozed clear paths last season for rushing leader Arian Foster while playing with the Houston Texans.

It is obvious with these moves that the Ravens are looking to get tougher in the backfield. They got rid of Willis McGahee, and now add the much more intimidating, Williams. And with Vonta Leach plowing an open path, these two should easily combine for over 2000 yards rushing.

Unfortunately, the Ravens lost wide receiver Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap, so their offense might not be quite as explosive as last season. Quarterback Joe Flacco will certainly have trouble as his only established wide receiver is Anquan Boldin. Adding Williams will make the Ravens a run-first team, and it will force Flacco to become a master of the play-action pass.

If the Ravens can find a receiver or tight end, their offense will be lethal.

However, signing Williams was a step in the right direction for a Baltimore Ravens offense that looked like it was about to take a major step back.


Pro Football Talk is reporting that the deal is for two years, and is worth up to $4 million.

With Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain gone, the Ravens needed a veteran presence at tailback.

They’ve gotten it with the addition of Ricky Williams.

Per a league source, Williams signed a two-year deal.  It’s worth up to $4 million.

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