It has officially been confirmed that free agent running back Ricky Williams has inked a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Officials from the club have also welcomed the free agent, expressing high expectations from the player.
Sources have revealed that Williams and Ravens have agreed to a multi-season contract. Although an official presentation of the contract has not been presented to the media as yet, inside reports have informed the contract is of 2 years.
According to the NFL, Williams was scheduled for physical assessment by Ravens for this Tuesday. Apparently, the player has aced the test helping him confirm for a position on the Raven’s roster.
The Ravens have confirmed that they would like Williams to stay more than a season. The maestro can later assume a mentoring role at the club, something the Ravens no doubt need in their squad. In addition to that, Baltimore can now boast about a deep and experienced squad.
While talking to media, Williams commented on the issue saying, “I mean, Baltimore is a perennial playoff team. He added, “I’ve only been to the playoffs twice, and they were short trips. It’s a great opportunity, a wonderful way to end my career, so I am looking forward to it.”
This will most probably be Williams’ last chance to shine at a club as he is expected to retire soon after his new contract expires, therefore the Ravens will try to extract as much as they can out of him. The 34-year-old veteran is all ready presenting advantages to Baltimore. For instance, the Ravens are now with a bigger back to pair with starter Ray Rice.
On the other hand, a player who had help at the running back position for the Ravens over the past 3 seasons, Willis McGahee became a free agent and later put his signature on an offer from the Denver Broncos. In comparison to that, Williams has been a loyal Miami Dolphins player for 8 seasons; however, at the club his role was mostly split up with Ronnie Brown since 2005.
Williams told media that he had a blast playing for the Dolphins. He hailed his fans and apologized if he left any disappointments behind them. Williams commented, “It’s been an amazing ride. I want to apologize for any hearts I broke. Hopefully, I was able to amend for that these last couple years. ... The fans deserve a good team, and I just hope they get that.”
Williams recorded his best with the Dolphins in the season of 2009. During the season, Williams pushed for 1,121 yards and made 11 touchdowns. His statistics were further improved with 35 receptions for 264 yards and 2 scores. Williams played in all 16 games rushing for 673 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.