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Dolphins haven’t ruled out bringing back Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams

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The Dolphins grabbed a second round pick (Daniel Thomas) to fill their need at running back, but they still would like to add a veteran free agent.

DeAngelo Williams hopes it’s him.  G.M. Jeff Ireland says not to rule out bringing back a familiar name.

“I wouldn’t look into Ronnie or Ricky [Williams’] future around here as being over. I wouldn’t do that,” G.M. Jeff Ireland said.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald says the team prefers Ronnie, but thinks a return is unlikely.  Brown may believe that the team kept him off the field late in the season to prevent him from reaching a contract incentive.

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23 Responses to “Dolphins haven’t ruled out bringing back Ronnie Brown or Ricky Williams”
  1. harango says: May 2, 2011 1:24 PM

    The Dolphins would be seriously stupid in not trying to bring back Ronnie and Ricky. Both of these players made major contributions and can still be effective. Dolphins need to stop trying to nickel and dime these players and just bring them back. Both players still have enough in them to make an impact this coming season! We need a stronger line to give Chad time to make better decisions when throwing the ball and a stronger defensive line to support Wade and breaking through and getting to the quarterback.

  2. phintasm says: May 2, 2011 1:30 PM

    “Both of these players made major contributions and can still be effective.”

    Did you watch any games last season? Ronnie looked indecisive and danced behind the line waaaay too much.

    Ricky, on the other hand, looked a little better than his counterpart, but his comments after the season made the Front Office and himself look pretty bad. After as many chances as that Fins have given him, you’d think he’d be at least a little bit grateful.

    Of the 2, I’d definitely rather have Ronnie back, but it would have to be at the right price.

  3. dirtydolphin says: May 2, 2011 1:36 PM

    agreed, and now with pouncey solidifying our line, i guarentee BOTH ronnie and ricky’s numbers go up (if they are kept that is)

  4. p4hbiz says: May 2, 2011 1:39 PM

    How funny! Just last week fin fans was bragging how Taiwon Jones wasn’t visiting the Raiders and that he would be a Dolphins..

    Plans back fired I see, now your looking to sign those old azz players when the Raiders have Taiwon DMC & a 27yr old Bush…

    I can’t wait for a rematch… I don’t know how we lost to a team like the dolphins.

    GO RAIDERS!!!!

  5. justinmypants says: May 2, 2011 1:45 PM

    The Dolphin’s haven’t ruled out bringing back Dan Marino either.

  6. phileborn says: May 2, 2011 1:51 PM

    I agree one of the two should be kept. Ronnie is younger but Ricky is less injury prone. Both are power backs. Ricky has a better chance of breaking a longer run. I have seen Ronnie caught from behind NUMEROUS times. Tough decision, but mine would be to keep Ricky.

  7. ken0west says: May 2, 2011 1:52 PM

    What was his incentive? To Rush for 3.8 YPC, he almost had it with 3.7 but the man held him down.

  8. granadosm says: May 2, 2011 1:54 PM


    I disagree. I like Brown but he is injury prone and not worth the big money he is wanting. He is too similiar to D. Thomas. I would prefer to spend money on DeAngelo who is more shifty and can break a big run. Having two power backs isn’t fooling any defenses.

  9. handsatlanta says: May 2, 2011 2:01 PM

    Brown may believe that the team kept him off the field late in the season to prevent him from reaching a contract incentive.

    I remember thinking that during the second half of the last game last season. If I’m Ronnie Brown I wouldn’t even take Jeff Ireland’s phone calls.

  10. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 2, 2011 2:06 PM

    It’s cheaper to keep Ricky. Just keep him stocked with weed and he is happy

  11. 8drinkminimum says: May 2, 2011 2:06 PM

    Maybe bring back one but not both. You don’t need three backs that all offer similar size and speed. We need someone with another gear as a change of pace and you can’t just ignore the cap by tying up both veterans.

  12. frankdatank23 says: May 2, 2011 2:40 PM

    Why would they prefer ricky or ronnie over deangelo williams or michael bush? Deangelo would cost only 150% of the contract you’d have to sign ronnie to. They have thomas and hilliard and polite to play the power role. M.Bush is a better option than brown. I highly doubt they bring him back. Ricky however is more likely as he will come cheap and prefers to share carries.

  13. elevando1 says: May 2, 2011 2:40 PM

    Ronnie is one of my fav backs in the league, so it pains me to say he is done. Cut him loose. Ricky, though older, has a couple years left in him. Dolphins should resign him as a backup.

  14. lostsok says: May 2, 2011 2:52 PM

    Ronnie lacks burst. He’s never been the same player after the two leg issues, including a serious knee injury.

    Ricky ran better last year, but he lacks the breakaway speed needed to pair successfully with a “thunder” back like Daniel Thomas. I loved watching Ricky run with the football in his prime; he had that “it” factor that Sweetness and Barry Sanders had. Like watching Baryshnikov dance or Secretariat at the Belmont. But that time has passed, and Ricky is just a solid #2 back now…and we need speed.

    A beat writer suggest Darren Sproles, and while I’d still prefer DeAngelo, Sproles would make a lot of sense.

  15. purdueman says: May 2, 2011 3:00 PM

    The year that Brown was taken in the draft, he, backfiring Cedric Benson and Cadillac Williams were all taken in the first 5 picks overall of the draft, as was of course Ricky Williams the year that then Saints head coach Mike “Da Coach” Ditka traded all Saints draft picks to acquire the pick to take him.

    We’re not that far removed from those drafts, yet none of these running backs are now considered to be elite or for that matter even “keepers”. Just goes to show that Denver has it absolutely right by not burning high draft picks on low shelf life running backs and stockpiling running backs in later rounds instead.

  16. phintasm says: May 2, 2011 3:06 PM


    I’d prefer DeAngelo as well, but Sproles, Ahmad Bradshaw (if available) and even Reggie Bush could fill the speed back role. Bush and Spoles also have tremendous passing-catching and Special Teams value, and would provide a significant upgrade to the team’s overall big play ability.

  17. purdueman says: May 2, 2011 3:07 PM

    With the dramatic shift over the past five years in the NFL from run oriented to pass oriented pass offenses, half backs are no longer nearly as valuable as top receivers and quarterbacks and the FB position has largely become irrelevant, being replaced by a blocking TE.

    Consequently with a few rare exceptions (like Peterson in Minnesota), paying the big bucks to running backs now simply doesn’t make sense (as the risk out weighs the return now).

    I have to laugh too at paranoiac Bill Belinchick in New England, who continues to show a total lack of stones by constantly trading back and being unwilling to take the risks that go along with taking the highest profile players (as there is after all a historic 50% washout rate of first round picks).

    In 2007-2008 Belinchick traded back repeatedly and by passed taking stud GB linebacker Matthews and wound up with 2 keepers and about 12 slugs.

    This just underlines the old adage that “football games are won in the trenches” and the teams who focused on o-linemen and d-linemen will be the big winners in this years draft.

  18. purdueman says: May 2, 2011 3:12 PM


    I’d prefer DeAngelo as well, but Sproles, Ahmad Bradshaw (if available) and even Reggie Bush could fill the speed back role. Bush and Spoles also have tremendous passing-catching and Special Teams value, and would provide a significant upgrade to the team’s overall big play ability.
    lostsok, unfortunately I think that the NFL rules committee has killed off the value of special teams and premier kickoff return men with the new stupid rule moving up kickoffs by 5 more yards. We’ll see a record number of touchbacks next season as a result.

    Doesn’t mean that Reggie Bust still can’t be valuable on punt returns, but his value has now been diminished by the No Fun League. I’ll miss the tension of kickoffs and think it’s just a damned shame what’s happened.

  19. phintasm says: May 2, 2011 3:22 PM


    I’d totally forgotten about the Kickoff rule change. Thanks alot for reminding me. It is definitely a shame, but hopefully they’ll end up changing it back in a few years (doubtful, but still…).

  20. dolfan34 says: May 2, 2011 3:46 PM

    D’Angelo Williams would make a great tandem with Thomas….power back and speed back. Give him a 2-3 year contract and let them make great music together. He has even saying he’d like to play in Miami. If it doesn’t pan out we could look at Michael and Reggie Bush. I would have to think Ricky and Ronnie are a little further down the list for us.

  21. dolphincritic says: May 2, 2011 3:51 PM

    I have to believe that neither Ronnie nor the fans could believe that Coach Sporano didn’t get him in the game so he could earn his bonus. That is certainly one way to tell a player your career with the team is over.

    Ricky owns a bar in Broward so maybe he will play another year. Ricky looks healthy enough to give you 10 – 15 carries a game for one more year. Ricky has good hands too. I hope that we give DeAngelo Williams a shot too! The rookies will need a year to get the game to slow down enough they can apply their athletic ability.

    Don’t discount the importance of a veteran who knows the play book in a strike year.

  22. ep916 says: May 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    ricky williams averaged 4 a carry what more do u want.ima cowboys fan jus keepin it real tho.

  23. oldhamletman says: May 2, 2011 11:40 PM

    they still both have gas in the tank… the real issue for the run will be:

    can passing open up? it wasn’t a real threat this year

    will Pouncey really make a difference? all the place swapping and injuries hampered R&R in a big way this year…

    if those both get better… R&R can definitely still put up big numbers

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