|05-20-2005, 03:27 AM||#1|
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Nick Saban: Ricky `very, very interested'
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By JASON COLE, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dolphins coach Nick Saban said he had another conversation with retired running back Ricky Williams recently, and Williams is "very, very interested" in returning to the team.
Williams returned to the United States earlier this month after spending approximately a month in India doing yoga and holistic medical training. Williams is believed to be in California attending a school for holistic healing.
"I talked to Ricky, and Ricky still seems to be very, very interested in coming back," Saban said Thursday. Williams phoned Saban on Wednesday, and they spoke Thursday morning.
That's the strongest on-the-record assessment of Williams' desire to come back to football by anyone who has spoken to Williams directly. Saban has had at least three conversations with Williams since taking over as Dolphins coach in January.
Saban's comment supports what several people associated with Williams have said privately about him in recent weeks. All of those people have talked or exchanged messages with Williams and believe he will return to the Dolphins in July.
"He has a lot responsibilities, and he understands that," a source close to Williams said. "He knows he has people to take care of, and he takes that very seriously."
MOUTHS TO FEED
Williams has three children with three women and recently settled a paternity suit with one of them. He will pay $4,000 per month to support the child. Williams also had to deposit $300,000 in a trust account as part of the settlement and is required to purchase a $500,000 life insurance policy on himself with the child as the beneficiary.
As for the July return, Williams technically can't return to the team until then or he would face a one-year suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Williams had tested positive for marijuana use three times. His retirement in July before training camp was considered a fourth violation of the policy and would have resulted in a one-year suspension.
The fourth violation and suspension can only be avoided if Williams sits out a full year. Williams faces a four-week fine and four-week suspension for his second and third positive tests. An NFL source indicated the league likely will give Williams the full penalty for those violations.
Williams recently told people involved in his paternity suit he had stopped using marijuana.
Williams did not return an e-mail sent Thursday night and has been advised not to talk to the media until he is ready to return to the team.
Saban declined to discuss specifics about his conversation with Williams.
"The things that we discuss, we have decided not to talk about publicly," Saban said. "I think I can safely say that . . . There are issues that need to be worked through, and we're all evaluating those issues about how they will be resolved."
The Dolphins also have to figure out a plan for using Williams once he can play again. Williams has lost approximately 25 pounds since retiring and weighs about 200, according to those who have seen him.
WEIGHT NO PROBLEM?
Williams has said he believes he can play at that weight but also could gain 20 pounds quickly.
Just as important as Williams' physical condition, the Dolphins will make a substantial investment in running back Ronnie Brown, the No. 2 overall pick. Brown is expected to receive a signing bonus of at least $14 million as part of any contract he signs.
The downside with Brown is that he has never had more than 175 carries in a college season, and it's questionable whether he could adjust quickly to a heavier workload.
That makes the need for another good running back very strong and could make for a good role for Williams for at least the upcoming season.
Saban said that neither of the team's projected starting defensive tackles, veterans Tim Bowens and Larry Chester, are participating in the offseason program. Saban also hinted that he wasn't sure if either would be ready for the season.
"You know that Larry Chester and Tim Bowens both have not participated in any [on-field team activity] because of injury, and that is of some concern as to when those two guys will be able to come back and if they'll be able to come back," Saban said. "I think both those situations are a little bit up in the air right now."
The Dolphins have talked to the agent for veteran defensive tackle Keith Traylor, but have yet to sign him.
Bowens missed all but one game last season with a back injury. Chester missed all but three games with a knee injury. Chester had surgery two weeks ago to clean loose bodies in the knee.
Both are expected to be limited during training camp, as well.
|05-20-2005, 03:51 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
The Saga goes on.
I thought Ricky was bankrupt, out of work, yet he has 4,000 a month child support for only one of three women, all who have kids?
Did Saban tell him not to try to import his Whizzinator thru airport security?
Ricky Williams slays me. The guy goes to Nepal to find out that he's broke. It's OK, I went hobo once, but I wasn't walking away from millions.
For me it was just a fishing trip honestly.
He thinks he's going to beat out Ronnie Brown?
With what, his Hookah?
|05-20-2005, 02:18 PM||#6|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
Yeah, but if he's really too small now, maybe shanny can get him at a rummage sale.
|05-20-2005, 02:26 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Hot Springs, Ouachitah
Our cupboard is full.
Someone tracked him down with a Child Support Bill and now he's eager to get back to the NFL?
"Appears to be in California"
For someone bankrupt, he's gone to Montana, California, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, India, God only knows where else. I should spread my sperm so freely, run around the world while bankrupt.
The Denver Broncos have signed Ricky Williams, completing their trifecta. Winning ticket holders are asked to please stay in line.
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