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Old 08-04-2004, 06:08 PM   #1
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Ricky Wants to be a Raider!

I'm sorry, I know there are already an abundance of Ricky threads, but I felt this news deserved its own thread.



Coming back in Silver and Black?
Williams says he'd 'love' to return in 2005 with the Raiders
Posted: Wednesday August 4, 2004 4:46PM; Updated: Wednesday August 4, 2004 5:22PM

Ricky Williams was in Oakland last weekend, visiting his twin sister, Cassie, and enjoying the first week of the rest of his life. He had a wonderful time, and experienced absolutely zero regrets that he wasn't at the Miami Dolphins' training camp. Now here's the interesting part: Williams likes Oakland so much, he expressed the desire to play there in 2005. According to the 27-year-old halfback, who officially filed retirement papers with the NFL earlier this week, playing for the Raiders is "the only way I would" consider a comeback."It would be great," he said. "I'd love it."

In an interview conducted via America Online's instant-messenger service, Williams said he likes the idea of wearing the silver-and-black uniform as soon as next summer. He cited the team's offensive line and the presence of coach Norv Turner, his offensive coordinator the previous two seasons in Miami, as elements that make the Raiders attractive. Turner, after all, called the plays when Williams had his monster season in 2002, leading the NFL with 1,853 rushing yards.

Williams, a native of San Diego, also gave another reason for wanting to play in Oakland: "I love Cali." Only in the Golden State, Williams believes, can his unconventional sensibilities be accepted, and nowhere more than in the Raider Nation, a land inhabited by "crazy fans who would expect a weirdo."

Such a move would not be entirely up to Williams, of course. His NFL rights belong to the Dolphins, for whom Williams is under contract for another two seasons. Miami traded a pair of first-round draft picks to acquire Williams from the New Orleans Saints following the 2001 season and undoubtedly would be interested in recouping at least part of that initial investment.

Would the Raiders be interested? League tampering rules prevent Oakland officials from discussing such a scenario, but a look at the Raiders' roster suggests they could use a premier back. With Charlie Garner having left for Tampa Bay, the team lists 32-year-old Tyrone Wheatley, who gained 678 rushing yards in 2003, atop its depth chart. Second-year back Justin Fargas and veteran offseason pickups Troy Hambrick and Amos Zereoue are also competing for jobs and playing time. Turner, like owner , has long been a proponent of a power running attack, and Williams obviously fits that mold.

Further complicating the situation is the possible suspension Williams faces for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Williams reportedly would have had to pay a $650,000 fine this season for having twice tested positive for marijuana; last week he told The Miami Herald that he had been notified of a third positive test, which would cost him a four-game suspension. He declined to comment further.

It's also unclear whether Williams would want more money should he return to the league. According to an NFL source who is friendly with Williams, the halfback, who was due to make $3.5 million in 2004, sought an upgraded deal from Miami after last season but balked at what he deemed to have been an underwhelming offer.

For now, Williams is intent upon enjoying his time away from football. He was in Huntington Beach, Calif., earlier this week and planned to fly to Asia for an extended vacation. He was also contemplating visiting Athens for the Olympics. Asked to sum up his current state of mind, Williams replied, "Every man thinks his burden is the heaviest, but he who feels it knows it. Burden equals truth."


Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Silver sounds off weekly on SI.com.






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Old 08-04-2004, 06:28 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-2004, 06:31 PM   #3
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Perfect fit with the weed and all.......
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Old 08-04-2004, 06:32 PM   #4
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I'm thinking perhaps Ricky was a little when he did the interview.
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He wont come back. The NFL will watch him like a Hawk, he will be older, out of shape...Let him for all I care;)
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Old 08-07-2004, 01:42 PM   #6
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From the Palm Beach Post ...


Williams could avoid suspension
By Joe Schad

Saturday, August 07, 2004

HOUSTON Despite being burned by retiree Ricky Williams, the Dolphins still could get value for the running back, whether they eventually trade or keep his rights.

Three league sources said Friday that they expect the league will allow Williams to play next season without facing a four-game suspension he would have suffered this season for violating the league's drug policy.

Several attempts Friday for clarification from the NFL regarding Williams essentially being credited for time served was unsuccessful.

No team has yet to inquire about Williams' availability, including the Raiders, whom Williams reportedly said he would play for. The Dolphins also are not ruling out the possibility that he could play for them again, though it seems unlikely.

Former NFL linebacker Chris Spielman, brother of Dolphins General Manager Rick Spielman, in a Friday morning interview with ESPNews, said the Dolphins are in no rush to fulfill any of Williams' desires.

"Let's not kid ourselves," Chris Spielman said. "Ricky quit to smoke dope and be free.... I spoke to my brother and unless he gives back the $8 million or the Raiders give him two first-round draft picks, he ain't letting him play."

The Dolphins have placed Williams on the reserve/did not report list and Rick Spielman declined to expand on the situation or whether the organization will attempt to recoup the money.

The Dolphins could attempt to recover money in signing bonus and incentives they believe are owed because Williams violated his contract terms.
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Oh please, oh please let this be so.

Oh what would I give to have this happen: the Dolphins are already wounded beyond repair. The coach is carrying an updated resume in his pocket at all times. So along come the Raiders, ready (as were the Saints and 'Phins before them) to offer up the draft future of the franchise in order to land the flighty, unreliable, cannibis-obsessed Williams.

I thought two Super Bowls would be enough. But I really, really want this. Am I too greedy?
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