Baltimore Ravens: Reaction to Ricky Williams Signing

Corey FishmanContributor IAugust 8, 2011

The New Raven
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According to The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran running back Ricky Williams to a two-year deal worth up to $4 million.

After reading the comments made by many die-hard Ravens fans, I felt it was essential that I write this article.

To address everyone's comments and concerns, I figured I would do a little comparison between the rushing stats of Ricky Williams and the other top free agent-running backs (Clinton Portis and Jerome Harrison)  in the previous two years.

If you are a true Ravens fan, you know that, once the Ravens get in the red zone, they are more than likely destined for a call to Billy Cundiff for a field goal.

As it turns out, the Ravens finished tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets for the most attempted field goals inside of 30 yards, out of all the AFC playoff teams. For a team that has high expectations, that is a terrible statistic.

Here's where the addition of Ricky Williams was desired. In the last two years, Williams has 13 rushing touchdowns, while Portis and Harrison have a mere seven rushing touchdowns combined. Let's also remember that Portis has had an injury-ridden career and he only played in five games last year.

So was the Ricky Williams signing a groundbreaking deal? The answer is obviously no. But he was obviously the best available option the Ravens had.

He hasn't made the best off-the-field choices in his career, but I believe that the past is the past and it is time to win a Super Bowl!