Ricky Williams, one of the most-hyped running backs of the past generation who also ended up being one of the most disappointing, says that he plans to play two more years and then call it quits.
According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, Williams has signed a one-year extension with the Dolphins, putting him under contract through 2010.
“I talked to Bill [Parcells] about it, and we came to an agreement,” Williams said. “It
was quiet and easy.” (And perhaps . . . mellow?)
NFLPA records already confirm that Williams will earn $3.4 million in base salary this year and $4.35 million in base salary next year. It’s unknown whether any of the money is guaranteed.
Williams said that he negotiated the agreement on his own, without the assistance of an agent. (Which we suppose is still better than using Master P.)
Despite missing all of 2004 due to retirement and all of 2006 due to a suspension and playing only one game in 2007 due in part to suspension and in part to injury, Williams has generated 7,771 career rushing yards on 1,923 carries, for a 4.0 average.
In 2002, his first season with the Dolphins, Williams rushed for 1,853 yards — the twelfth highest single-season total in league history, and the second most for an active players. (Jamal Lewis rushed for 2,066 in 2003.)
Last year, Williams admitted that he had the “urge” to smoke marijuana during the bye week.
This year, the Dolphins are off on October 18.
We wonder whether he’ll receive any packages that week bearing a Foxborough or a New York postmark.