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Ricky Williams will play through 2010, then retire

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.

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34 Responses to “Ricky Williams will play through 2010, then retire”
  1. The Wishbone says: Sep 1, 2009 8:14 PM

    Stoners always plan out their future, Florio. Following through, that’s another matter. I didn’t realize anyone still took Sticky Ricky Williams seriously.

  2. Alpheratz says: Sep 1, 2009 8:16 PM

    Brilliant.
    A little (quarter ounce or so) gift from Belichik.

  3. hayward giablommi says: Sep 1, 2009 8:19 PM

    Fixed it for ya, Mike:
    …playing only one game in 2007 due in part to suspension and in part to Lawrence Timmons using his body as a trampolene

  4. Packfan666 says: Sep 1, 2009 8:24 PM

    “We wonder whether he’ll receive any packages that week bearing a Foxborough or a New York postmark.”
    If he does whoever sent that package will be in a lot of trouble for mailing weed. They would be almost as stupid as the dude that tried to sell yayo on Ebay.

  5. AutumnWind999 says: Sep 1, 2009 8:29 PM

    I wouldn’t call Williams one of the most disappointing running backs of the past generation. Maybe he could’ve been an all-time great, but he has still had a good career with flashes of greatness. 4.0 yards per carry and maybe 9,000 yards rushing when it’s all said and done. That’s not some bust. There have been a bunch of 1st-round RBs to come into the league since Williams did and are now gone or buried on a depth chart because of inability, injury or whatever.
    The only way I can see your point, Florio, is if you mean that based on Williams’ raw ability and potential he could’ve been in the first-ballot Hall of Fame echelon if he took the game more seriously.

  6. Uncle Leo says: Sep 1, 2009 8:30 PM

    Kill someone while DUI…12 month suspension.
    Arsenal of weapons…..6 games
    10 arrests…..six games
    Kill some pooches….6 games
    Smoke weed…..12 month suspension.
    least we have our priorities straight.

  7. fumbleroski says: Sep 1, 2009 8:33 PM

    I believe Freddie Mitchell will be in town for a try out with the Dolphins during that week…

  8. empty13 says: Sep 1, 2009 8:34 PM

    he can have a couple good years. it isnt like he has the mileage other backs his age have.
    and, clearly, he has mellowed.

  9. Mike says: Sep 1, 2009 8:42 PM

    Totally agree with Autumn here, how can you call this guy a bust, look at all the top picks that have crapped out since over the last 10 years. There was a point with the Dolphins when he was the best runner in the league back to back years. Sure he could have accomplished much more if he kept his head on and used a little common sense, but give us a break calling him a bust.

  10. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Sep 1, 2009 8:59 PM

    # hayward giablommi says: September 1, 2009 8:19 PM
    Fixed it for ya, Mike:
    …playing only one game in 2007 due in part to suspension and in part to Lawrence Timmons using his body as a trampolene
    ————————————————-
    I obviously hated to see that play, but that’s funny right there.

  11. Mark0226 says: Sep 1, 2009 9:09 PM

    Uncle Leo says: Smoke weed…..12 month suspension.
    It was only 12 months because he had already been caught multiple times before and already served multiple suspensions. He knew the states and chose to keep smoking anyway. In fact, that’s why he retired. He only came back because he needed the money and playing football was his only opportunity to make some cash. He’ll have plenty of time to smoke after he retires for good.
    And to others, Florio didn’t call him a bust. He said that he was “one of the most disappointing” because he wasted two full years in the prime of his career because he wanted to smoke weed instead of play football.

  12. Fan of Football says: Sep 1, 2009 9:38 PM

    How many million does this pothead still owe Miami?

  13. Uncle Leo says: Sep 1, 2009 9:44 PM

    Mark0226……..agreed.
    Just as everybosy else knew the consequnces of their actions, and they still chose to continue.
    Just trying to point out the differences between crime vs punishment.
    Maybe it’s time Mr Goodell (and his predessor), stopped playing judge and jury.
    We have enough inequity between the laws of different states, let’s not add another layer.

  14. DevastationInc says: Sep 1, 2009 9:44 PM

    What other RB has 370+ touches over 3 consecutive years(2001,02,03). Anyone? Ricky Williams owned the so-called 370 curse. Now you know

  15. Quagmire says: Sep 1, 2009 9:51 PM

    Pfffffttt…wow…hey man…is anybody else really hungry?

  16. jeremyb91 says: Sep 1, 2009 10:06 PM

    I hate the fact he can’t smoke weed and play football. It’s not like he’s toking up right before game time and using at as a performance enhancing drug.
    It’s proven to be better for your health than drinking. It’s very rare people are busted for driving stoned unless the car is blazing when the cops pull them over.
    Medicinally it’s proven to help people with anxiety. Sound familiar? Ricky Williams suffers from this and smoking weed really calms him down. Unless you know someone with verified anxiety disorders you can’t really comprehend what they go through and how weed really helps them.
    If he could’ve smoked weed his whole career he would’ve been a sure-fire HOF running back.

  17. Florios_a_tool says: Sep 1, 2009 10:15 PM

    “…The Wishbone says: September 1, 2009 8:14 PM
    Stoners always plan out their future…”
    yea, Ricky’s gotta tend to his crops.

  18. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Sep 1, 2009 10:15 PM

    Dave’s not here, man.

  19. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 1, 2009 10:46 PM

    “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.”
    Guaranteed to end up in the hands of someone with massive dreads (and no, that’s not a racist joke….lots of white dealers have dreads too).
    “Packfan666 says:
    September 1, 2009 8:24 PM
    If he does whoever sent that package will be in a lot of trouble for mailing weed. They would be almost as stupid as the dude that tried to sell yayo on Ebay.”
    Actually, it is almost universal that the person prosecuted is the one who receives the package (whether they know what is in it or not).
    And why would you think someone would put a legit return address on an illegal parcel? In case there is a problem with the delivery and they want it back?

  20. MikeFlorio'sSource1 says: Sep 1, 2009 11:09 PM

    I could go for some Taco Bell………….

  21. Free_SeanTaylor says: Sep 1, 2009 11:31 PM

    Get it Ricky.

  22. Slow Joe says: Sep 1, 2009 11:35 PM

    LEGALIZE IT!

  23. sflajimmy says: Sep 2, 2009 12:02 AM

    “I hate the fact he can’t smoke weed and play football. It’s not like he’s toking up right before game time and using at as a performance enhancing drug.”
    It’s an illegal drug dumbass…I don’t disagree that it’s any worse than booze…they both suck IMO but it’s against league drug policy.

  24. HughJassPhD says: Sep 2, 2009 12:04 AM

    Another high draft pick gone to seed…

  25. jamaltimore says: Sep 2, 2009 12:20 AM

    Goodell can now sleep easy knowing the only pot smoker in the NFL will be retiring soon. Now he can focus on all the killers.

  26. GiorgioMustica says: Sep 2, 2009 2:24 AM

    Uncle Leo says: September 1, 2009 8:30 PM
    Kill someone while DUI…12 month suspension.
    Arsenal of weapons…..6 games
    10 arrests…..six games
    Kill some pooches….6 games
    Smoke weed…..12 month suspension.
    least we have our priorities straight.
    ————————————————
    Could not agree more man….That is some ridiculous stuff that the NFL does (Granted Tagliabue wasn’t as strict as Chancellor Goodell)……but yea, I really don’t get what the NFL’s issue is…..and surprisingly, I like this article Florio…I know, it’s not my style, but I felt like giving you some props…when I bash ya within a few days, dont yell at me!!

  27. AutumnWind999 says: Sep 2, 2009 4:09 AM

    sflajimmy says:
    September 2, 2009 12:02 AM
    “I hate the fact he can’t smoke weed and play football. It’s not like he’s toking up right before game time and using at as a performance enhancing drug.”
    It’s an illegal drug dumbass…I don’t disagree that it’s any worse than booze…they both suck IMO but it’s against league drug policy.
    ———————
    I think that the guy’s point was that it’s silly that pot is an illegal drug and evens sillier that it’s against league drug policy. Not like he didn’t know that was the case. He just disagrees with the rules.
    Just because something’s illegal doesn’t make it wrong. Chew on that, bub.
    And how many jokers in here ripping Ricky for toking are current pot smokers or past pot smokers who would toke again in a second if they didn’t have to worry about it being illegal and getting busted or just getting hassled by their wives?

  28. Rossum20 says: Sep 2, 2009 5:12 AM

    “jamaltimore says: September 2, 2009 12:20 AM
    Goodell can now sleep easy knowing the only pot smoker in the NFL will be retiring soon. Now he can focus on all the killers. ”
    ===========================
    Come on now. You haven’t forgotten about ol’ Percy Harvin, have ya?

  29. mrmagoo says: Sep 2, 2009 6:38 AM

    hayward giablommi says:
    September 1, 2009 8:19 PM
    Fixed it for ya, Mike:
    …playing only one game in 2007 due in part to suspension and in part to Lawrence Timmons using his body as a trampolene
    ____________________
    Oh Hayward. Did Vox loan you his franchise envy again?

  30. Hurricane says: Sep 2, 2009 7:30 AM

    Goodbye Ricky, all the best, you’ll not be missed

  31. SteelTown6 says: Sep 2, 2009 9:13 AM

    # SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: September 1, 2009 10:15 PM
    Dave’s not here, man….”
    LOL. (C&C)
    Careful, our age is showing.

  32. bakler5 says: Sep 2, 2009 9:23 AM

    Do free agents count as active players? If so Ahman Green quietly ran for 1883 yards the same year Jamal Lewis ran for 2066.

  33. Ignatius says: Sep 2, 2009 3:25 PM

    If Ricky hadn’t been such a “disappointment” and missed all that playing time, he’d be showing his age much more than he is right now. The door would have been closing on his career right around the time the Dolphins were going 1-15, rather than giving him the chance to be a big part of the upswing.

  34. jeremyb91 says: Sep 2, 2009 6:08 PM

    AutumnWind999- Thanks for clearing up that idiots understanding of my comment.
    I’m glad we agree about it toking and football. I find it ironic that your also a Raiders fan too (same here).

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