Ricky Williams among big name players still looking for a gig

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Less than one week after free agency officially started, only 12 of our original top 80 free agents are still available.

One of them — Ricky Williams — hasn’t been tied to any teams out there. His agent Drew Rosenhaus said on WQAM Thursday that Williams may wait for an injury elsewhere to pick a team.  There’s at least a chance he won’t even get a job.

That got us thinking: Who else is out there?  A quick, incomplete list of some notable names:

Braylon Edwards: He’s visiting the 49ers and has been tied to the Cardinals. It looks like he’ll have to settle for a one-year contract.

Clinton Portis: We’re starting to think he’s played his last snap.

Shaun Ellis: The Jets offered him the veteran’s minimum for him to return.

Matt Roth: He worked out for the Patriots, but hasn’t received the big offers he expected.

Steve Smith, Kevin Boss: The two Giants draft picks haven’t received a lot of buzz. Boss worked out for the Raiders.  Smith may not be healthy until mid-season, so the quiet market for him isn’t a huge shock.

Jared Gaither: It appeared he had a deal worked out with the Raiders, but it appears they balked after his physical.

Malcom Floyd: His decision is expected shortly.  The Ravens are in the mix.

Kirk Morrison: The Jaguars spent big to replace Morrison, leaving him without a job.

Mark Clayton: He was expected to return to the Rams, but Mike Sims-Walker may have taken his job.

Terrell Owens: We’d be shocked if he got a deal before Week One while recovering from a torn ACL.

Andre Carter: A double digit sack guy not so long ago.

Brodie Croyle: We must be the only ones that think Croyle would make a fine backup.

Tiki Barber: His tryout for the Dolphins was the first sniff Barber got for a job.

35 responses to “Ricky Williams among big name players still looking for a gig

  1. Kirk Morrison has averaged 120 tackles per season and started every game but one (his rookie year,) and you’re telling me no one wants to sign him? That’s crazy.

  2. Oh, Brodie. He would make a decent backup, but if your guy goes down, you’d be better off just having Brodie hand the ball off to someone than having him throw. Seems like a nice guy, but not a great QB.

  3. Fins might have thrown Ricky a minimum deal if he hadn’t blasted Sparano at the end of last season. I’m sure prospective teams really liked how he threw Sparano under the bus. And he’s, you know, a really old running back as well.

  4. Agree on Floyd, I was thinking he would certainly be picked up by now. He has that caught between a solid #1 and great #2 feel to him, I think that’s the issue with him IMO.

  5. Donte Whitner ? For a guy who demanded $8 million per year he’s definitely not in demand. Not even listed on remaining top free agent lists. Guess that 1 interception per year really doesn’t qualify him as a playmaker.

  6. roth to the patriots hopefully i’d like to see him rushing off the edge when they play the 3-4 and i think his price is gonna come down since no one else is interested

  7. Ravens have a bid out on Floyd but obviously the price wasn’t right or he would have signed. According to several media outlets, the Chargers are in at 3 mil a year, and the Ravens are slightly above that. I guess Floyd is waiting to see if the Cards or Vikings have anything more to say and if not, he will decide on staying in San Diego for 3 mil or going to Baltimore for a couple extra thousand. Also, Ravens are idiots for not already signing Williams as a bruiser back behind Rice. With Leach leading the way, Williams would be a beast.

  8. Maybe I’ve just been blissfully unaware of him, but it seems Owens has been uncharacteristically quiet this off season. Is he contemplating retirement or planning to return when he can? What’s the status on his recovery?

    I hope someone picks up Brodie. He’ll never be an NFL star, but he’s a good team player and would make a fine backup.

    Given a choice between Williams and Barber, think I’d take Williams. I’m a little surprised he’s still available.

  9. Would LOVE to see Floyd and Roth with the Cards. Very winable division as it is. Those two additions would seem to really put them head and shoulders above the rest of the west. We all know that a home game in the playoffs can really start a big playoff run too. Not sure they could sign them both and still have cash for Larry tho. He is thier number one priority obviously. Go Cards!

  10. The Bills should go after Gaither. Wrotto should not be starting, especially with the first name of “Mansfield”

  11. So wait Tiki Barber (who hasn’t played in 4 years) but Donte Whitner sho has started every game since being drafted 8th overall isnt?

    I think we know who Buddy Nix was talking about when some agents said, “just make us an offer”

  12. I think you ARE the only ones who think Brodie Croyle would make a decent backup. Have you ever watched him play? It’s a guaranteed loss if you have to put him into the game, so what is the point of having him on your roster if he gives you absolutely 0% chance of winning? His career numbers speak for themselves guys. Not to mention he is very injury prone. I doubt he will land anywhere, and if he does, he will be a practice squad player. I am happy to wave goodbye to Brodie Croyle from KC.

  13. Considering how it seemed Clayton clicked with Bradford for those first few games before he was injured I’m surprised they aren’t going to bring him back

  14. Kirk Morrison is completely ridiculous, he is another victim of the CBA which is sad. I would love him on the Jets. Aslo why is noone talking about Donte Whitner, dude is a beast and noone wants him?

  15. Don’t understand how Kirk Morrison — a 29 year old who has missed 1 game in 6 years and averages 120 tackles per year — still hasn’t been signed. Giants need to grab him up. They need a smart, wily MLB because I don’t think Goff will cut it.

  16. @ thehouseofho

    Morrison to the Giants sounds excellent. We need to make some kind of moves here to beef up our linebacking corp. I like Goff, but he’s better suited as an outside linebacker. Morrison, Boley, Goff sounds good to me, and a HUGE upgrade over last year. COME ON G-MEN…

  17. Raiders should pick up owens, smith and boss
    they don’t need williams if they have Mcfadden and Bush, that’s the best 2 RB in the NFL..
    Honestly Nobody is going to beat the raiders this year, Hue did a great thing by gettin rid of the negativity in the locker room letting miller and Asomough leave…

  18. Funny how Rosenhaus thinks Ricky Williams can “pick a team” when nobody’s shown any interest, yet a guy who’s been retired 5-6 years gets an audition with Williams’ old team.

  19. Another good QB missing is Troy Smith. In know a lot of people seem to not like the guy, but he did show how fast he picks up an offense after being picked-up by the 49ers the 1st week of the season and unseating Alex Smith and doing a pretty decent job considering the coaching staff and the OC change in the middle of the season.

  20. I would love to see the Saints take a flyer out on Steve Smith.. That dude catches everything near him. Yes he wont be ready till like week 8, but sign him now and next year when Henderson is gone, youve got a replacement for him.

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